Teen Suspected Of Starting Oregon Fire

Teen Suspected Of Starting Oregon Fire

Teen Suspected Of Starting Oregon Fire

The Eagle Creek Fire, burning in the Columbia River Gorge, forced hundreds of people to evacuate homes earlier this week in communities east of Portland, including Warrendale, Dodson and Latourell, and sent ash falling on the city itself.

For real time and current evacuation information, contact the Multnomah, Hood River, or Skamania County Sheriff's Offices. But for the hunter whose favorite spot to stalk bucks was scorched in 2015, the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire was as significant as the Eagle Creek fire is to the thousands who relish the view of Oregon's highest waterfall.

There are 105 personnel assigned to the fire, including crews from Larch Corrections Center in Clark County. No known residential structure losses have been reported. Union-Pacific trains are moving through the gorge again, and the U.S. Coast Guard is reopening the Columbia River to night-time passage of commercial boats. She says low humidity, high winds and warm temperatures are making it hard to contain the fires.

Videos posted on social media by other witnesses show state police later interviewing two boys near the Eagle Creek Trailhead.

The situation is critical in the area as the fire is out of control. Units from five fire departments are responding to the blaze. Level One means people should be ready for potential evacuation, and should plan for what they might need to take with them.

The fire is burning on U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources lands about 10 miles northwest of North Bonneville, north of state Highway 14. Trucks heading westbound are being detoured off the highway at The Dalles.

The fire, believed to be caused by teenagers using fireworks last Saturday, is only about 7 percent contained, officials said.

Powers said they haven't been able to fill all the requests for assistance.

Teen Suspected Of Starting Oregon Fire
Teen Suspected Of Starting Oregon Fire

The flames have led to the closure of part of Interstate 84.

OR forestry officials say the state's wildfires have scorched at least 822 square miles (2,128 square. kilometers).

The air quality in Spokane, Washington, was rated "hazardous" Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says it was likely to get worse as wind shifts bring in smoke from fires in Canada, Montana, Oregon and Washington. According to police officials, no arrests have yet been made.

Red Cross shelters are set up at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington for evacuees.

State police say the investigation is continuing.

The fire, allegedly started by a Vancouver teen playing with fireworks on September 2, is about 7 percent contained.

But they are also asking people to forward any other videos of the incident to OSP.

The tribes are also concerned that several of their traditional fishing sites are under evacuation or close watch.

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