ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire closed Interstate 84 in both directions Thursday afternoon near the Oregon, Idaho border, causing traffic backups for miles.
Oregon Department of Transportation officials said the interstate’s eastbound lanes were closed 6 miles east of Pendleton and into Ontario and the westbound lanes were closed between Ontario and Baker City.
The westbound lanes reopened around 5:15 p.m. and the east lanes were reopened around 7:30 p.m.
Officials said crews were fighting the blaze amid challenging high winds. Officials had urged people to refrain from blindly following apps that could detour people onto unsuitable remote roads.