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Head-on collision closes I-5 near Albany

ALBANY - An accident late Friday closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of here for the second time in a week.

According to the Oregon State Police, a southbound vehicle crossed the center median into the northbound lanes and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle near milepost 224 shortly after 9 p.m.

At least two people were seriously injured, police said.

Northbound traffic was being detoured off the highway at the exit at milepost 216. Police did not know when they would reopen the highway.

One person was killed in a chain-reaction collision just south of the exit at milepost 228 on Aug. 5, closing down the same segment of I-5.

Umpqua National Forest ups fire restrictions

It's spreading.

Fire restrictions that is. Starting Monday, new bans will go into effect in the Umpqua National Forest area.

Willamette National Forest issued a similar set of restrictions on Friday.

The Umpqua move follows an increase in the fire danger rating to "very high."

The restrictions ban campfires everywhere except in fire rings and stoves provided by the U.S. Forest Service in developed recreation sites. The rules also prohibit smoking except within enclosed vehicles, buildings or developed recreation sites. Motor vehicles are banned from trails and undeveloped forest roads, and the operation of chain saws and torches also is prohibited. Commercial stoves using propane or liquid fuel still may be used.

For more information, call (541) 672-6601 or go to www.fs.fed.us/r6/umpqua/.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 13, 2005
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