Coast Guard Closes Columbia River in Oregon Due to Fire

The Eagle Creek fire started Saturday along the Eagle Creek trail, southeast of Cascade Locks and about 50 miles east of Portland.

Dramatic timelapse video shows a raging wildfire take hold on Tuesday in the Columbia River Gorge area in Washington state, 52 miles east of Portland, Oregon.

“Our hearts are breaking”, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said at a news conference. Footage from Monday on the OR side of the Columbia River Gorge.

“It’s very unusual to have this many fires burning this many acres across such a broad area at this time in September”, said Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center.

Ash coated cars left parked outside in the Portland metro area Tuesday morning.

The wildfire in OR and Washington grew on Tuesday.

Interstate 84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks, snags and other debris entering the roadway.

Temperatures are expected to be cooler Wednesday, but a warning will be in effect in the afternoon for potential lightning.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (Go!) evacuation notice for residents near Larch Mountain and the communities of Dodson, Warrendale, Latourell, Bridal Veil and East Corbett.

Some 81 large wildfires covering more than 1.4 million acres (570,000 hectares) were burning in the western part of the United States on Wednesday, a day after federal officials announced that 200 active duty military personnel had been called up to help fight the fires. The agency said it has identified a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver who is suspected of starting the fire.

Below is a look at some of the fire’s impact as shared on social media and InciWeb.

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