Semi hauling hay catches fire, triggers 200-acre brush fire along I-90

A bursh fire along I-90 triggered by a burning hay truck. (Photo courtesy: JC Brediger)

VANTAGE, Wash. -- A semi truck hauling bales of hay caught fire along I-90 in Central Washington Saturday, triggering a brush fire that spread to dozens of acres.

The incident began just before 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway about 16 miles east of Ellensburg. Photos from the scene showed the entire semi and its cargo engulfed in flames.

Wind spread the flames to the dry brush alongside the freeway, which then began moving east.

As troopers worked to guide traffic around the burning semi, firefighters raced to the scene to douse the growing brush fire. Three helicopters, four fire engines and a bulldozer eventually worked to contain the fire at around 192 acres, the Department of Natural Resources said.

Firefighters declared the fire contained around 7:30 p.m., while troopers managed to open all but one lane of I-90 by 9 p.m., troopers said.

There is no word yet what started the fire.

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