10000-acre fire burning in OR national park

Randolph Lopez
September 6, 2017

The fire was zero percent contained Monday morning.

"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 rail line through the area is also closed. "A fire like this affects everything from the overall ecology to rare plants and even the soil chemistry".

Easterly winds are expected to pick up Monday night and Tuesday, which could lead to rapid fire spread, the National Weather Service said.

Level 2 notices covered all areas north of Wa Na Pa to the Columbia River.

The fire is burning near the hikers in the Eagle Creek Area just outside of Portland.

The only other way out was longer and more hard, so officials told them to stay in place until Sunday morning.

By Sunday, the Oregon National Guard had rescued all 153 hikers.

Deputy Joel Ives says no hikers were missing but one hiker was taken out by ambulance for exhaustion and dehydration.

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A wildfire burning outside the east boundary of the park has scorched more than 29 square miles (75 square kilometres).

Interstate 84 from the Troutdale area to Hood River, was shut down and mandatory evacuations orders expanded to include Dodson and Warrendale.

The Hood River County Sheriff upgraded all Level 1 (Get Ready) notices in Cascade Locks to Level 2 (Get Set).

At Multnomah Falls. Flames are really close to the lodge.

The Red Cross is preparing for more people seeking shelter as the Eagle Creek fire grows, said Dahl, the Red Cross director. Crews focused instead on evacuating residents and saving historic structures.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon that the final group of hikers left the Wahtum Lake area at the bottom of the trail and were headed by bus to meet with their friends and family. "We're facing a full combination of heat, wind, humidity and a lack of resources".

No sequoias were killed by the fire, because they have very thick bark that can withstand a low level burn.

"It looks like there has been a devastating impact on the Gorge", she said, speaking of the renowned Columbia River Gorge, famous for its hiking and spectacular vistas. We've reached out to Webber to see how he plans to do that.

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