Tuesday morning update
Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.
The Eagle Creek Fire saw some growth this weekend, up to about 34,000 acres, but crews were able to dig in and defend key areas. The blaze is still 7 percent contained.
Heavy, unhealthy smoke in the Hood River area has prompted questions regarding the use of masks. The best protection is to avoid smoke altogether by staying inside.
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, a wildfire erupted in the Eagle Creek area. The wildfire has now grown to over 30,000 acres — including new fires that have started on the Washington side of the Gorge.
A half-hour sprinkle of rain and a box of Krispy Kremes brought relief Thursday to the American Red Cross Shelter in Stevenson.
The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.
Fire meeting: Highlights from the Unified Command fire information meeting Thursday at Hood River Valley High School
‘Be patient. It’ll go out one of these days. They always do.’
About 800 people filled the bleachers an another 2,000 or so tuned in via TV and YouTube as speakers gave updates on the Eagle Creek-Indian Creek fire.
Progress made, challenges ahead
The battle against the Eagle Creek fire — though far from over — pushed ahead this week, as crews squeezed containment lines to 7 percent.
By Tuesday morning the evacuation orders in Cascade Locks had been heightened and “everybody’s ready” to get out of their homes, according to Joe Wampler, deputy with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATED: Tunnel Falls is not designed to sleep anyone, let alone 140 people, but it was the scene of the biggest and most famous impromptu campout in years in Hood River County.
Fires are raging throughout the western Columbia River Gorge, burning thousands of acres, forcing evacuations, and choking transportation corridors.
Smoke quality is fluctuating due to wildfires raging across Oregon.
The city of Cascade Locks is under evacuation orders due to the growth of the Eagle Creek Fire to about 3,000 acres overnight. This is a new fire, separate from Indian Creek Fire to the south.
Reports: those stranded will likely stay in forest overnight
A second wildfire along Eagle Creek Trail has trapped a group of about 150 hikers Saturday. Rescue efforts for that group and an unconfirmed number of other trail users are underway.
Hood River County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Anderson lost his battle with cancer this past Friday, Aug. 25.
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