ASHLAND, OR (KPTV) - Interstate 5 has been shut down in southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said northbound drivers are being turned around back into California at the border.

The highway is closed between Exit 1 and Exit 40 due to wildfires.

“Southbound I-5 drivers in the Rogue Valley are urged to exit I-5 and seek local services in the Medford/Central Point area until fire conditions improve and the interstate reopens. We have no estimated time for reopening,” according to ODOT.

Truck drivers and other drivers who have abandoned their vehicles on I-5 are asked to call dispatchers at 541-858-3103 or 541-664-4600 to report their location and provide contact information for when I-5 reopens. Otherwise, vehicles will be towed, which ODOT stated will “aggravate the closure.”

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'I-5 shut down in S. Oregon due to wildfires; northbound drivers being turned back to California' Good luck with that. There are all kinds of roads that cross the border in that area. Some will bring you out in the Applegate area, some will bring you out around Jacksonville area.

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