Video shows scary, smoky scene driving through Interstate fire

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Post by Barbara Chaffin.

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho State Police have now reopened the interstate in both directions from exit 71 eastbound to exit 90 westbound.

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management are responding to a brush fire burning north of I-84 east of Boise Thursday night that forced police to close the interstate for several hours.

BLM says the fire is burning near milepost 75, which is between Boise and Mountain Home and is estimated at more than 2,400 acres.

Officials believe the fire was started by a downed power line.

Local resident Barbara Chaffin, sitting in a passenger seat, shot video driving through the smoke and flames. She posted the video on the KBOI Facebook page.

"Whoah, this is awfully close to those flames," Chaffin says in the video above. "That's spooky."

BLM fire officials say they had eight engines, two single-engine air tankers, and a helicopter responding at one point. The air crews had to be recalled once it got dark.

Local and rural fire departments are also on the scene, as well as a fire crew from the new Army National Guard Orchard Training Area Base south of Boise.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.