Eagle Creek Fire suspect identified, fire likely started from misuse of fireworks

Eagle Creek Fire suspect identified, fire likely started from misuse of fireworks

The Eagle Creek Fire moved west on Monday as firefighters worked through the night to provide structure protection against the Eagle Creek Fire.

On top of all these evacuations, more than 30 miles of Interstate 84 is closed off through the Columbia River Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night said fire officials "are indicating that the fire has slowed way down for now". Over the weekend, 140 hikers were stranded when the Eagle Creek Fire cut off exit routes from trails in the area.

Level 3 evacuation orders were given to two communities, Warrendale and Dodson, Monday evening, meaning residents need to leave.

Ash has been reported falling thickly in areas like Seattle, covering cars and lawns like a thin layer of snow.

A least five homes burned and more than 1,000 people were evacuated as high winds fed the flames in the canyon north of Salt Lake City.

Level 2 notices covered all areas north of Wa Na Pa to the Columbia River.

In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency across all counties as three major fires closed recreation areas and prompted evacuations.

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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.

Authorities said Tuesday embers from the fire caused a new blaze across the Columbia River in Washington state.

Officials identified a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Wash.as a suspect in the cause of the fire.

Families reunite after campers were evacuated from a forest fire in the Eagle Creek area of the Columbia River Gorge Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

The massive Eagle Creek Fire burning on the OR side of the Columbia River Gorge jumped the Columbia River last night, sparking a separate fire in Skamania County on the Washington side of the Gorge.

The first group made it out by about 10:30 a.m. and the last group by about 1 or 1:30 p.m.

This investigation is being conducted jointly by the Oregon State Police, US Forest Service, Hood River Sheriff's Office, Hood River District Attorney's Office and fire personnel.

"It was just too smoky over there", Gunn said.

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