Freeway re-opens but motorists urged to travel with caution

Interstate 84 re-opened in Box Elder County early Saturday morning after fire crews worked through the night to create containment. Utah Department of Transportation closed a 32 mile stretch of the freeway Friday evening around 7 p.m., between Tremonton and Snowville, after a wildfire quickly spread right along the northbound lanes near Howell.

While the freeway is now open, heavy smoke from the fire has created low visibility. Motorists should travel with caution through the area and watch for emergency vehicles which may be going in and out of the freeway.

According to Utah Fire Info, the blaze doubled in size overnight to 15,000 acres but fire crews from throughout Box Elder County responded and were able to create a containment along I-84, allowing the interstate to re-open at 4 a.m.

“Box Elder County roads department put a dozer line in along the edge of agriculture fields and engine crews then burned along the line saving hundreds of acres of grain fields,” a press release states. “The fire is now 20% contained.”

The fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike Friday afternoon. It quickly spread through dry grasses, threatening rangeland, grain crops and ranch buildings. No structures have been lost and the fire is not expected to be contained for several more days.

The White’s Valley, Pocatello Valley, and Johnson Canyon roads are currently closed to the public.

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