Police believe 15-year-old using fireworks sparked Eagle Creek Fire

Kristopher Drake
September 6, 2017

The smoke is primarily from the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, and the area is under an air quality alert until Friday afternoon. Authorities were able to cancel the evacuation orders that had been issued for three cities - Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale - and allow all of the 1,400 people who had fled to return to their homes. In the early morning, the fire hopped across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is being conducted by the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Hood River Sheriff's Office, Hood River District Attorney's Office and fire personnel.

"You can't really stand outside without getting rained on" by ash, Fisher said.

Edward Jaska, a woodworker from Cascade Locks, and Auna Godinez, a Pacific Crest Trail hiker, laughed together at a picnic table outside the shelter as Jaska showed off his crafts. "The particulate matter that shows up on the cars, it gets in your hair, it gets in your eyes, it?s all over the place like it was in those days".

Authorities say the wildfire had grown to nearly 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) by Sunday.

Deputies contacted area residents Sunday night to notify them of the evacuation warning, Gaidos said.

A heat wave and winds have made conditions worse for firefighters, and for residents across the state that was under a pall of smoke.

Tuesday morning he said the lodge was still threatened.

A portion of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state has been closed because of its proximity to a nearby wildfire.

But the fire caused trouble near the the state's largest metropolitan area after officials closed down miles of interstate roads. L.J. Brown of Bureau of Land Management Fire Operations said that resources were still in short supply with some student firefighters going back to college. Portland's air quality diminished to unhealthy for everyone on Monday.

OR fisheries managers have released thousands of hatchery salmon months early in response to a large wildfire raging in the Columbia River Gorge.

Burning east of Portland Ore., along Interstate 84. Troopers have identified a teenage suspect who could face arson charges. This includes all areas north of Wa Na Pa to the Columbia River and on the east end of town north of I-84 to the river, as well as Forest Lane and intersecting roads, running east to Government Cove. "They were sold out!" downtown office worker Alganesh Ucbayonas said Sunday, detailing her unsuccessful search for an electric fan.

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