Wildfire in southern Oregon grows, slows traffic on highway

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire in southern Oregon continues to slow traffic for drivers on an interstate highway.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports the fire by Sunday morning had grown to 17 square miles (44 sq. kilometers).

The fire is burning near Canyonville about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of the California border.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was limited to one lane near Canyonville.

Fire crews have placed equipment and vehicles along the shoulder of the freeway.

Jim Gersbach of the Oregon Department of Forestry says crews are fighting the fire from all directions and do not want fire crossing the freeway onto the east side.

The fire began Wednesday. Authorities say the likely cause was an illegal campfire.

More than 900 personnel have been assigned to the fire.