Fire being held at bay near Cascade Locks, Oregon

Saul Bowman
September 6, 2017

As of Tuesday morning, the fire has grown to more than 10,000 acres and has involved approximately 500 emergency personnel.

As the Archer Mountain Fire burns less than five miles west of Beacon Rock State Park, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission took precautionary measures and closed the facility early Tuesday morning.

The fire spread 13 miles in 16 hours, pushed by winds overnight that ranged from 30 mph to 40 mph in tinder-dry conditions, Brown said. As of Tuesday night, there was zero containment.

"We started smelling smoke and felt heat, so we looked around, heard crackling, looked down the rail and right below there was a fire that jumped up on the trail just a few minutes later", Wong told CNN affiliate KPTV.

New evacuations have been ordered in areas affected by the Eagle Creek fire.

Interstate 84 was closed Monday due to poor visibility from smoke and flames close to the road.

Oregon State Police confirmed Tuesday that a 15-year-old Vancouver, Washington boy is believed to have been in a group using fireworks that started the 10,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.


About 200 others in Cascade Locks are under a Level 1 evacuation notice, which means they should be aware of fire danger and watch for alerts.

Firefighters battling that blaze were making it a priority to safeguard the ancient grove of giant sequoia and a pair of historic cabins at the foot of the trees, fire spokeswoman Anne Grandy said. Embers carried by the winds creating spot fires as much as three-quarters of a mile away from the main blaze, according to statement released by fire information officers.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says family and friends can reunite with the hikers at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery.

The investigation is being assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, the Hood River district attorney's office, the U.S. attorney's office and the Hood River Juvenile Department.

'It's horribly smoky, ' Gubele said.

Around 8:30 p.m. came word from ODOT the I-84 closure had expanded, with all eastbound traffic required to exit at Exit 17 in Troutdale and westbound traffic at Exit 62 in Hood River.

Mountain Wave president Russ Gubele says search and rescue teams headed up the second trail on Sunday morning and led the hikers out the 14 miles toward Wahtum Lake. 'Ash is coming down.

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