10000-acre fire burning in OR national park

Highway remains closed as Oregon fire jumps to Washington

Highway remains closed as Oregon fire jumps to Washington

English gave the crowd an update on the fire, which had grown to 3,200 acres since it started Saturday: Much of the surrounding area was still under varying levels of evacuation warnings. Hamilton expects I-84 to be closed for most of Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, there was zero containment.

The Eagle Creek fire is just one of dozens that have broken out across the West over the past several weeks.

The fire is burning near the hikers in the Eagle Creek Area just outside of Portland.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said the freeway is closed due to poor visibility from smoke and the fire getting closer to the road.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations were put in place for the communities of Dodson and Warrendale. Residents as far west as Portland and Vancouver reported ash falling.

A fire raged across 10,000 acres in Eagle Creek, Ore., on Tuesday and is threatening to burn some of the state's most revered natural beauty, local officials said.

California crews are also protecting homes from a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuations in Riverside County. The southern part of town has been evacuated and the north side is under level 2 evacuation notices.

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 from the fire drifted in the air across the Columbia River - sparking blazes in neighboring Washington state.

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The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center lists 30 large fires now burning in OR and Washington state, nearly all of them concentrated in the Cascades.

Police said they have identified a suspect in the fire.

In Oregon, people living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River Gorge have been forced to evacuate the area.

Numerous walkers were forced to spend the night outside near Tunnel Falls after a fire broke out near the Columbia River Gorge trail.

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's horribly smoky, ' Gubele said. Mountain Wave Search & Rescue dropped supplies to the hikers.

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. 'Ash is coming down.

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