Oregon's Eagle Creek Wildfire Grows to 10000 Acres, Forces Evacuations

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The fire just keeps spreading, with many new stories coming from behind the fire lines.

Over the weekend, the fire gobbled up miles of delicate habitat in the gorge - a place known for the many plant species that grow nowhere else. As of Tuesday night, there is 0% containment.

Firefighters in Ottumwa had to respond Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, to a brush fire on Camille Street, a reminder of just how quickly small fires can become a problem.

Ash was falling as far north as Seattle, according to Seattle Weather Blog.

The Oregon State Police is investigating and says they have identified a suspect. The Level 1 warning calls for people to gather up valuables in anticipation of an evacuation. Another 118 people in the northern part of town were placed on a Level 2 evacuation, which means they need to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

An Evacuation Order is in effect for all residents west of Highway 93 on the north side of Bass Creek Road north to residents on the south side of Hannaford Avenue and west of Florence Carlton Loop.

"This is unprecedented fire activity for the area", Schmidgall said.

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It appears the Eagle Creek wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations and closed miles of Interstate 84 east of Portland may be slowing down as winds pushing the fire west have weakened.

The Red Cross has opened shelters at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, immediately across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington, as well as at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.

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.

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.

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue president Russ Gubele says search-and rescue-teams will walk the hikers out toward Wahtum Lake once it gets light.

'It's horribly smoky, ' Gubele said.

The hikers were forced to spend the night outside near Tunnel Falls, about six miles from the trailhead, and were still waiting to be rescued Sunday morning, Oregon Live reported.

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