Rollover crash sparks brush fire on Vantage Highway

KITTITAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S NEWS RELEASE -- A 27-year-old Kittitas resident rolled his vehicle off of the Vantage Highway causing a fire.

Chris Newman of Kittitas was traveling westbound on the Vantage Hwy when his vehicle left the roadway near the silage pit near milepost 13.

The vehicle rolled numerous times causing a fire to the vehicle and surrounding brush. Deputies contacted the driver who had escaped the burning vehicle.

The Deputy believes alcohol could have been a contributing factor.

Strong winds caused the fire to spread, however, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue were able to combat the fire and confined the fire to seven acres.

Newman was transported from the scene by medical personal. Deputies will continue the investigation into the cause of the crash.