Woman fleeing wildfire crashes, ignites new blaze

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 12:04 PM

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A Colorado woman fleeing a deadly wildfire crashed on the way to her father's home in Oregon, sparking a new blaze in Idaho.

Krista McCann tells KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/LOAeLz ) that she loaded her most valued possessions in her car in Colorado Springs, Colo., and fled the 29-square-mile Waldo Canyon fire.

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

McCann escaped without injury but lost everything in her car except her purse. The crash ignited a wildfire near the interstate that burned about 2,000 acres.

The fire McCann fled in Colorado killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes, making it the most destructive in Colorado history.

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