The permeating stench of burned bananas and cardboard is wafting through the air on Interstate 5 near the N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. exit this morning as firefighters work to clean up a tractor trailer fire.

The permeating stench of burned bananas and cardboard is wafting through the air on Interstate 5 near the N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. exit this morning as firefighters work to clean up a tractor trailer fire.

Both northbound right hand lanes are closed in that area while the cleanup continues, said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Eric Padilla.

The semi's trailer was filled with boxes of bananas. Driver Christopher Massey, age 35 of Fontana, Calif. was unharmed in the incident, Padilla said.

Massey reported his trailer's rear tire blew out at about 5:15 a.m. When he pulled to the shoulder, he noticed the smoke and attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, Padilla said.

When he was unsuccessful, Massey alerted the fire department.

Massey was able to disconnect the tractor from the burning trailer, Padilla added.

The Mount Shasta Fire Protection District, Mount Shasta City Fire Department and Weed CAL FIRE responded to the incident.