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Gorge fire continues to rage

06 September 2017

The Eagle Creek Fire moved west on Monday as firefighters worked through the night to provide structure protection against the Eagle Creek Fire. This fire behavior is expected along most of the southern flank of the fire.

Firefighters have spent days trying to contain the Eagle Creek fire alongside Oregon's Columbia River, but as of Tuesday morning, containment was still at 0 percent, according to InciWeb. As of Tuesday night, there was zero containment.

The Indian Creek Fire started on July 4, 2017 in the Eagle Creek Trail system.

The fire closed several roads and trails, and smoke continues to affect air quality in the upper Methow Valley.

Level 1 evacuation notices are in place for Bonneville Dam, Warrendale and Dodson, Multnomah County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chad Gaidos said. Residents as far west as Portland and Vancouver reported ash falling.

It is believed that he along with a few others shot fireworks off near Eagle Creek Trail, sparking the fire on Saturday.

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Residents of about 400 homes have been forced to evacuate, while others have been warned to get ready.

Fire crews are preparing for the winds to accelerate the blaze's spread west and are making plans to minimize the growth and protect communities west of the flames, Pawlitz said. The exit for the area off Interstate 84 is now closed. Although state Highway 14 is still open, the Washington Department of Transportation is urging people to avoid driving through the Columbia River Gorge unless it's necessary.

"The road will reopen when ODOT, law enforcement, the U.S. Forest Service and fire officials determine that the road is again safe", the traffic alert stated.

The growing blaze east of Portland, Oregon, in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, was one of dozens of wildfires burning in western US states that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver - prompting health warnings and cancellations of outdoor activities for children by many school districts.

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

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue president Russ Gubele said search and rescue teams headed up the second trail on Sunday morning and led the hikers out the 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) toward Wahtum Lake.

The fire has burned between 50 and 100 acres since it broke out at about 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Gorge fire continues to rage