(Yacht burns in the desert)….The fire was reported Thursday afternoon.
The yacht was on a trailer being hauled by a big rig. The California Highway Patrol says the rig was traveling east on Interstate 8. At just after 12:30 Thursday afternoon, near Coyote Wells, the CHP suspects a tire on the rig blew out, sparking a fire. The truck driver was able to steer the rig off the Interstate and escape before the rig and yacht were fully engulfed. One lane of the Interstate was closed for a couple hours while County Fire worked the fire. The fire crews had the blaze extinguished within a half hour. Crews were still at the scene working to remove the burnt vehicles from the area. The CHP says the investigation into the incident is still underway.