Huge hay fire closes Loop 101 in Scottsdale for hours

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A massive hay fire forced the closure of Loop 101 on the east side of town for hours Saturday.

The freeway was closed in both directions at Raintree in Scottsdale.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a tractor-trailer that was carrying 80,000 pounds of hay caught fire. They believe a spark from the brakes touched off that fire.

The truck driver was burned but is expected to recover.

It took crews all morning and into the afternoon to douse the flames, clean up the mess and get the freeway back open.