The Eagle Creek Fire, said to be caused by fireworks and stranding 150 hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest on Saturday, has now grown to an unbelievable 5,500 acres and reportedly has closed a portion of Interstate 84.
With winds pushing the fire west on Monday, smoke has blanketed much of the gorge and the Portland metro area. The air quality is absolutely horrible and the area and warnings have been issued through Tuesday.
Warrendale and Dodson have been issued level 3 evacuations, forcing residents to leave their homes behind. As of Monday morning, these communities were under Level 1 evacuation.
Cascade Locks is still under a Level 2 evacuation, with a Red Cross shelter opened at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, located across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington.
As of now, Cascade Locks Elementary School is closed on Tuesday. Click here is a list for more school updates. Just west of Cascade Locks, Latourell and Bridal Veil have also been issued a Level 1 evacuation order Monday night.
Cause of Eagle Creek Fire
On Sunday, the Oregon State Police did say fireworks were likely the cause of the horrible fire and a suspect has been identified.