Motorhome bursts into flames on I-90 near Ellensburg


For the second time in less than a week, a recreational vehicle burst into flames in Central Washington, this time on Interstate 90.

Traffic was stopped in both directions about 7pm Monday evening while firefighters responded to the fire about seven miles west of Ellensburg.

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the recreational vehicle was being hauled eastbound by a semi.

The westbound lanes were quickly reopened but eastbound traffic was stopped for more than an hour.

One driver, apparently tired of waiting, tried to force his way through the backup by splitting the lanes and driving on the shoulder, Bryant said. That person was arrested for drunken driving.

Last Friday, another motorhome caught on fire near the summit of Blewett Pass.