Eagle Creek Fire threatens Multnomah Falls, fire crosses into Washington state

Geneva Matthews
September 6, 2017

In Washington state, the Diamond Creek fire, near the Canadian border in the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest, grew to 75,000 acres Monday, DeMario said. Here's an update from fire crews Tuesday.

Under smoky skies just north of the Columbia River, a weary-eyed crowd gathered around Hood River County Sheriff Matt English.

Banks area residents woke up to a light dusting of ash and heavy smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire, prompting Banks School District to keep students inside to avoid poor air quality and high heat.

Another blaze, the Indian Creek fire, estimated earlier Monday at 1,000 acres, was burning a few miles south of the town.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations were put in place for the communities of Dodson and Warrendale.

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

Interstate 84 in OR is closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire.

The Jolly Mountain fire, near Cle Elum, Roslyn and Ronald, grew to almost 21,000 acres Monday, with more than 1,000 people evacuated. Level 1 evacuations means people should be aware of fire danger and ready for potential evacuations. Officials said the fire had gone through about half the grove but had not killed any trees.

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

"Water flow to the Bonneville Hatchery was restricted by fire debris in the hatchery intakes, and there was no way to clear the intake", Eddy said in the release. 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 fire - which authorities suspect was started Saturday afternoon by a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, who tossed firecrackers off a cliff - has spread through miles of forest along both sides of the Columbia River Gorge, a beloved state treasure and National Scenic Area.

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

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says family and friends can reunite with the hikers at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery.

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.

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