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Posted: 07/13/21 08:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Soon I will be going to Oregon, entering via I-5 northbound. I know that the wildfire situation can change every day. I just want to be prepared with alternate route choices in case any roads are closed on my planned route, which from Reno is up to Susanville, then 44 and 89 to Mt. Shasta/I-5.

So as an alternate, from Reno, I'm looking at I-80 then exit onto Hwy 20 across through Grass Valley, Yuba City to Williams/I-5. I'd like to know if this section of Hwy 20 is RV friendly. (MH and tow car in signature)

Also what about Hwy 36 west from Susanville to Red Bluff/I-5?

I've done another route before that is on my list.....north from Susanville, 139/39 to Klamath Falls then 140 over to I-5.

I'm fine driving on 2-lane roads through the forest, sweeping curves, a few passing lanes, some inclines/declines. But I don't like driving on the edge of cliffs or heavy duty switchbacks. (Though I've done some of both!)

Thanks for any help!


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Picking up hwy 20 from I-80 westbound the hwy 20 road is narrow two lane with slim shoulders if I remember correctly and of course scenic and twisting thru the mountains and many spots are marked where fatal crashes occurred. Highway 395 north of Reno is often closed now due to the Beckwourth Fire Complex that has crossed the hwy and buildings have burned in Doyle that is on 395. Sometimes they use a pilot car when opening the highway north of Hallelujah junction at 395 and hwy 70. Caltrans DOT road info is usually up to date on road closures with maps and sometimes photos. This is very recent info from the fire incident website at

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7601/60867/

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Posted: 07/13/21 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

80 to the 5 looks pretty good right now as far as I can tell. Couple hot spots around Yuba.

I would be more worried about the Salt fire on I5 or the Lava fire if it moves toward I5.

https://www.latimes.com/wildfires-map/


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Posted: 07/14/21 01:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

like many others he/she may be trying to avoid going thru Sacramento heavy traffic most times of day and night except

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Given all the unpredictable fire conditions, I would take 80 through Sacramento, up I-5 north to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 is an easy route for RVers even though it is 2 lanes but it is a scenic trip to hwy. 101 then north to Oregon. there is an Indian Casino 1/2 way on Hwy. 20 with a big parking lot to stay over night or just pull over to rest. No charge. As far as the Sacramento traffic cluster, I just stay in the middle lane all the way. Stay out of the right lanes to avoid the turning off and merging traffic.

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MarkTwain wrote:

Given all the unpredictable fire conditions, I would take 80 through Sacramento, up I-5 north to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 is an easy route for RVers even though it is 2 lanes but it is a scenic trip to hwy. 101 then north to Oregon. there is an Indian Casino 1/2 way on Hwy. 20 with a big parking lot to stay over night or just pull over to rest. No charge. As far as the Sacramento traffic cluster, I just stay in the middle lane all the way. Stay out of the right lanes to avoid the turning off and merging traffic.
Good advice and a more scenic and slower route up 101.

At the end of August I would like to take 5 south from Eugene OR but it will be based on fire conditions period. In Aug 2018 we were just 2 hours ahead of the fire that swept over 5 in N CA that destroyed cars and trucks. We and they were unaware of the pending disaster and fire awareness is now burned into my brain.

Be careful, be safe.


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MarkTwain wrote:

Given all the unpredictable fire conditions, I would take 80 through Sacramento, up I-5 north to Hwy. 20. Hwy. 20 is an easy route for RVers even though it is 2 lanes but it is a scenic trip to hwy. 101 then north to Oregon. there is an Indian Casino 1/2 way on Hwy. 20 with a big parking lot to stay over night or just pull over to rest. No charge. As far as the Sacramento traffic cluster, I just stay in the middle lane all the way. Stay out of the right lanes to avoid the turning off and merging traffic.
Good advice and a more scenic and slower route up 101.

At the end of August I would like to take 5 south from Eugene OR but it will be based on fire conditions period. In Aug 2018 we were just 2 hours ahead of the fire that swept over 5 in N CA that destroyed cars and trucks. We and they were unaware of the pending disaster and fire awareness is now burned into my brain.

Be careful, be safe.


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This map shows as of today that most of the US is covered in smoke.

https://fire.airnow.gov/?lat=45.5173&lng=-122.6398&zoom=10

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Right now, Sacramento's traffic is not that bad. No major roadwork being done and many people are still telecommuting for work. This will change over the next few months as offices decide on whether to continue telecommuting or not, but right now take advantage of it.


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Thank you so much for all the wonderful replies! We go to the Oregon Coast annually, but planning the route is getting trickier each year. We like to drive up western NV mainly to avoid as much of CA gas prices as possible! We could always just go I-40/58/I-5. If we go the Reno route, I just thought driving down I-80 to Sac was backtracking, so wanted to know about the other routes. But it sounds like I don't want to drive 20 from Reno to Yuba City. I may end up driving 20 from I-5 to 101, but I'm planning to come back that way to show more of the coast to a relative who is joining us on the return home.

What about Hwy 36 west from Susanville. Anyone know how that route is for a motorhome towing? Last time we went this way, Hwy 44 from Susanville had just reopened a day before we got there.

CA Traveler...I remember hearing about that fire. What an awful experience! I can imagine how conditioned you are now to think about that.

MarkTwain...I didn't know people still use CBs. We have a portable one. I'll have to hook it up and see if it still works.

I'll be checking all the fire and road condition websites. Thanks again!

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