ADA COUNTY -- Interstate 84 was closed for hours on Tuesday afternoon after a rollover crash sparked a wildfire at mile post 66.
Idaho State Police say the crash involved two cars, a Subaru Forrester and a Jeep in the westbound lanes of I-84. ISP reports the driver of the Subaru was passing the Jeep when she had a mechanical problem, causing her to lose control of the Subaru. The Subaru clipped the Jeep and rolled.
The SUV burst into flames, which quickly spread in the dry grass along the highway. The driver was able to escape without injury.
Around 2 p.m., the Idaho Transportation Department closed the westbound lanes of the interstate between mile posts 66 and 72. Traffic was diverted off the interstate at mile post 74 and being turned around for awhile. The traffic backed up in that area for several miles.
The interstate was reopened to traffic around 4:30 p.m., but had to be closed again around 5 p.m. after the winds shifted and blew the flames back toward the highway.
The Bureau of Land Management put lots of resources on the fast-moving wildfire, including brush rigs, engines, bulldozers and water tenders. Air tankers could also been seen making retardant drops.
The latest estimate from ISP is the fire has burned 3,000 acres of rangeland. It was contained last night.