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Southbound Interstate 5 is has reopened just north of the Beltline Highway in Eugene, but motorists still should expect a traffic backup. 

The interstate was briefly closed by a large grass fire next to the road, according to a news release issued at just before 2 p.m. by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Less than 10 minutes later, the agency sent out a notice about I-5 reopening.

Public safety crews are at the scene.

Travelers are advised to expect an extended delay and to take alternate routes.

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