Eagle Creek Fire Explodes, Jumps River, Now Burning Both Oregon & Washington

Multnomah Falls Fires Oregon Eagle Creek
Photo by Tristan Fortsch via KATU News. Image of Eagle Creek Fire taken from Washington side of Bonneville Dam on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.

This is horrible news. According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River Gorge last night and is now burning on both sides of the Columbia river as of Tuesday morning.

The Eagle Creek Fire, which was originally started by fireworks, moved approximately 12 miles westward through the Columbia Gorge last night between 9 p.m. Monday night, and 5 a.m. this Tuesday morning.

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson, Damon Simmons, a spot fire broke out on the Washington side of the river near Archer Mountain burning 10-20 acres. On the Oregon side, another spot fire of approximately 100 acres is burning near Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls.

Pray for rain, thank you to all the firefighters risking their lives, and god bless to all who have lost during this tragic fire season.

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  • Lindsey Spivey

    We have all lost one of the most beautiful places on earth. It tears my heart apart.

    • jim

      Why is it lost? Ever see Yellowstone after the fire. You can hardly tell

  • TR

    Idiots playing with fireworks! They should be jailed and fined to the maximum extent of the law! Was the fireworks worth it! Why even play with fireworks these days!?!?!? Probably some hillbilly losers!

    • Billy

      They will likely be given the bill for the fire suppression efforts.

    • CaeliRose

      Because 15-yr olds aren’t the smartest? And most likely the parents will be footing the bill.

      At minimum this: “It is unlawful for any person to discharge or use fireworks in a reckless manner which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person or damage to the property of another. A violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor.”

      I have found at least other 6 laws that were broken pertaining just to fireworks. So yeah, these kids have pretty much ruined their lives (in addition to those effected by the fires.) And now that the fire has jumped the river and is now in TWO states, there are likely to be more charges brought up against them.

      As to your “hillbilly losers” comment, they seem to be city boys on vacation. News says they are from Vancouver but do not specify whether from WA or BC. Both are in driving distance.

      • chipmunkis

        Actually, news stations are reporting the teen as being from Vancouver, Washington.

    • Flyfishergirl

      Hill billy loser…that is judgemental and racist.

  • OreCat

    Fires don’t jump rivers that size, but arsonists do. Politically correct arson, arson for profit; however you look at it, it is the timber industry that is profiting. Odd that their plantation forests are not burning, but the public lands are in flames. Timber industries are already harvesting the burned (but not dead) trees with NO conservation, legislative or fee interventions. All profit for the timber industry with no hassles makes one wonder about these fires really being accidents or even lightning, but a smoke screen for timber profits arson. Any arsonist caught, will do a Bundy pounce out of prison, the timber industry will see to it. They can always tell the public that it was a lightening strike, but they don’t have to tell you the truth – arson for profit. Look at how many logging trucks are carrying a load of chard only Old Growth, that survived the flames but not the dishonesty of the timber industry. The media has also done us a disservice by not telling the truth about these fires.

  • Monique Ward

    I am sorry but I hear some say prison and some say make them work for free doing restoration work. I think that both is what is called for in this situation. Hold them in Juvenile Hall until they are 18 and send them to a real prison. OREGON HAS A PRISON CALLED ‘SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP’ and the inmates FIGHT FOREST FIRES and do things like wildlife restoration work and replanting. Best of both worlds when it comes to punishment for this ARSONIST AND HIS STUPID FRIENDS. What if human life is lost? Then are we talking about manslauter?