Fire Evacuee Sparks New Fire

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Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:52am

Woman forced from her home by Colorado wildfire involved in car accident that sparks blaze in Idaho.

A Colorado woman evacuated from her home because of a raging wildfire was involved in a traffic accident that sparked another wildfire in Idaho.

Krista McCann was living in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area when she evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

On her drive to Ontario, Oregon to surprise her dad, she didn't make it past milemarker 66 on Idaho's I-84 before her car started a wildfire.

"This is everything I own now," said McCann as she showed us the few possessions from inside her purse.

At the age of 19, she's escaped two fires.

McCann lived in the same house in Colorado Springs since she was 9.

When the Waldo Canyon fire neared her neighborhood, she decided to leave.

"I was afraid that something might happen, or the wind might change in Colorado and my house would be in danger again."

She loaded up her car with all the things she hoped to save from the Colorado wildfires, like her mom's wedding dress.

"I just couldn't go straight anymore and I ended up clipping the car next to me."

McCann said she lost control of her car, and drove off the road.

She grabbed her purse as her car burned.

Everything she owned went up in flames.

"The adrenaline was going through me for a while, but after that started to fade it hit me pretty hard," said McCann.

After running from the wildfire in Colorado Springs, she watched her car start a wildfire off the interstate.

"I know I got out and i saw that the field was on fire and at that point I was just...I was pretty devastated. I didn't want to do anything like that," she said.

McCann said she is glad no one was hurt.

Now she is looking to the future.

"This is a chance to start completely over. 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," she said.

McCann wants to move to a new city and create something beautiful.

She says has auto insurance, and is working things out with the driver of the other car.
 

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