Eagle Creek Fire suspect identified, fire likely started from misuse of fireworks

Eagle Creek Fire suspect identified, fire likely started from misuse of fireworks

Eagle Creek Fire suspect identified, fire likely started from misuse of fireworks

The agency also reported Tuesday morning that "a thermal trough will continue to bring hot, dry and unstable burning conditions from the Cascade Crest westward for OR and Washington today", adding that these types of conditions "have a history of resulting in significant flare-ups for ongoing incidents and rapid growth of new fires".

People in OR covered their faces with scarves to keep choking ash from wildfires from filling their lungs and wiped the soot from windshields, similar to what long-time residents said they had to do in 1980 during the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens.

The so-called Eagle Creek Fire, which has burned 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) since it broke out on Saturday, has torn through timber in the gorge, destroying landmarks in one of the Pacific Northwest's most prized natural areas, officials said.

Evacuation orders remained for parts of OR on September 5 as the Eagle Creek Fire spread to 4,800 acres, official reports said.

Red Cross shelters are set up at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington.

"You can't really stand outside without getting rained on" by ash, Fisher said.

Many people in OR and Washington are posting to a hashtag (#EagleCreekFire) to update people about what is taking place in the #Columbia River Gorge.

The air quality for everyone in Portland returned to the "unhealthy" category Tuesday as wildfire ash continued to fall like snow across the metro area. "The particulate matter that shows up on the cars, it gets in your hair, it gets in your eyes, it?s all over the place like it was in those days".

The crowd ranged from woodworkers living in the small Gorge town to Pacific Crest Trail hikers from Germany, but on Monday, they had one thing in common: Thanks to the Eagle Creek Fire, they had nowhere else to go.

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Now the Eagle Creek Fire is burning through dense brush and hiking trails and threatening some of the most attractive scenery the area has to offer.

A heat wave and winds have made conditions worse for firefighters, and for residents across the state that was under a pall of smoke.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday it released the fish into the Columbia River to reduce demands on water and equipment.

Farther south, four wildfires blanketed Detroit Lake in hazardous smoke on Sunday. A portion of the park was closed.

Interstate 84 was closed Monday due to poor visibility from smoke and flames close to the road.

The air quality in Spokane, Washington, was rated as hazardous Tuesday morning.

Firefighters battling that blaze were making it a priority to safeguard the ancient grove of giant sequoia and a pair of historic cabins at the foot of the trees, fire spokeswoman Anne Grandy said. "The Gorge is Oregon's crown jewel".

The cause of the Eagle Creek fire has been determined to have been man-made potentially from the misuse of fireworks. They've identified a suspect but have made no arrests.

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