By Kyle James   |  09-05-2017   News
Photo credit: Mark Graves | The Oregonian/ Live

There is smoke as far as the eye can see just North of the Columbia river as the Eagle Creek fire burns uncontrollably. A Red Cross center was established at a fairground in Stevenson, Washington to house evacuees who were in the path of the fire. The evacuees ranged from woodworkers living in Gorge town to hikers from the Pacific Crest Trail visiting from Germany.

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These people from various nations found they all had one thing in common, they had nowhere to go. The Eagle Creek fire has made it impossible for many people to return home yet. Over 3,200 acres have burned since the fire started on Saturday. Authorities believe the blazing fire was started by illegal fireworks brought by hikers. A state police spokesman has confirmed that no arrests have been made and declined further comment due to an ongoing investigation in progress. More than 280 people were also forced to the Red Cross shelter when they were evacuated from their homes in the southern part of Cascade Locks. Another 118 people were from the northern part of the town were placed on a Level 2 evacuation order which urges them to be ready to leave at any time. 200 more people in Cascade Locks were put on Level 1 evacuation notice meaning they must stay alert to potential evacuation updates. Many people at the Red Cross shelter were forced to sleep on cots while some brought RV's to sleep in.

A woodworker from Cascade Locks named Edward Jaska was evacuated at 4 a.m. on Sunday along with his wife saying, "Before we left our house, we could see the individual trees burning." He says he is not afraid of the fire destroying his home because he trusts firefighters to keep the fire under control.

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Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_zero_percent.html#incart_river_index

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