Waldo Canyon Fire evacuee crashes, ignites new blaze

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Vehicle crash sparks 2,000 acre fire in Idaho

Vehicle crash sparks 2,000 acre fire in Idaho

ONTARIO, Ore. — A woman evacuated from the Waldo Canyon Fire crashed in Idaho on her way to her father’s house in Oregon and set off a new fire.

KTVB in Boise is reporting Krista McCann, 19, suffered a mechanical problem Wednesday with her Subaru, which was loaded with her most valuable possessions as she fled her home in Colorado Springs. The vehicle malfunction caused her to lose control while she was trying to pass a Jeep on I-84 between Boise and Mountain Home.

The crash sparked a blaze.

McCann escaped the car without injuries and with her purse in hand. Everything else went up in flames. The fire she started burned 2,000 acres before firefighters contained it later that night.

There is no word as to whether or not McCann’s house in Colorado Springs, which she has lived in since she was nine, was destroyed. Regardless, she seemed upbeat speaking to KTVB.

“This is a chance to start completely over,” she told the T.V. station. “I have nothing. So I’ll start with a new wardrobe and a new car and a new state of mind. And I’ll just move forward.”