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A semi truck caught on fire on eastbound Interstate 90 near Elk Heights on Thursday afternoon.

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, the state Department of Natural Resources and Fire District 1 responded to the fire at 4:44 p.m., KVFR Capt. Joe Delvo said.

The vehicle fire caused a 70-square-foot brush fire. No one was injured. The driver was exiting the freeway at milepost 93 when his vehicle caught fire.

“(The driver) said everything seemed normal when he heard a loud pop and saw smoke coming from under the hood,” Delvo said.

When KVFR arrived, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Troopers and passers-by were already attacking the brush fire with shovels and pickaxes, Delvo said.

About 24 firefighters were on scene, Delvo said. KVFR had one engine, one medic unit, two tenders, one command vehicle and one brush truck on scene. DNR had two brush trucks. Fire District 1 had two engines and one brush truck.

The fire agencies had the brush fire contained within 15 minutes of being on scene and controlled by 5:21 p.m., Delvo said.


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