Woman Fleeing Waldo Canyon Fire Crashes and Ignites New Fire

A Colorado woman fleeing a deadly wildfire crashed on her way to Oregon, sparking a new fire in Idaho, reports the Associated Press.

Krista McCann told KTVB-TV that she loaded her most valued possessions in her car in Colorado Springs and fled the 29-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire.

The 19-year-old said she lost control of her Subaru while trying to pass another car on Interstate 84 in Idaho between Boise and Mountain Home.

“I know I got out and I saw that the field was on fire, and at that point I was just, I was pretty devastated. I didn’t want to do anything like that.”

Idaho State Police said a mechanical failure caused McCann to lose control of the vehicle.

The crash ignited a wildfire near the interstate that burned about 2,000 acres. By Friday morning, authorities said the fire was fully contained.

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