Columbia River Gorge trails and treasures endangered by the Eagle Creek fire

The fire threatened to reach the more populated Portland suburbs as it moves westward.

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.

Estimated 10,000+ acres and 0% containment.

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. Anyone who heard fireworks or other explosions in the Eagle Creek Trail/Punch Bowl Falls area Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.is asked to call state police, 503-375-3555.

"Fire burning right along a major interstate, closing 40 miles of road, threatening homes - this is a big deal", Dave Thompson, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, told Oregon Live.

According to Inciweb, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has now issued Level 3 evacuations for Larch Mountain and the communities of Latourell, Bridal Veil, Dodson and Warrendale. All prior Level 1 evacuations in Cascade Locks have been increased to Level 2 by the Hood River County Sheriff. Residents east of 257th Avenue, north of Stark Street and west of the Sandy River should get ready for a possible evacuation.

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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. In the early morning, the fire hopped across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain.

In the Willamette National Forest in alone, officials said Monday 16 fires covering 45,670 acres are burning.

Evacuees started coming on Sunday, but last night there was a huge influx of evacuees because that's when winds blew embers from the fire to the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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

"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.

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue president Russ Gubele says about 104 people have made their way down a different trail to safety.

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