6 hikers rescued after 140 trapped by wildfires

Heartbreak in Oregon Wildfire scars beloved Columbia Gorge

Wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge slowed their spread Sunday night, but crews are preparing for winds to speed fire growth again in the coming days, officials said Monday morning.

A fire raged across 10,000 acres in Eagle Creek, Ore., on Tuesday and is threatening to burn some of the state's most revered natural beauty, local officials said.

Officials said it was human-caused and apparently started by misuse of fireworks.

Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River, Oregon, remains closed.

The fire threatened to reach the more populated Portland suburbs as it moves westward. "This happened fairly suddenly".

More than 80 people were sheltered Monday afternoon at the Red Cross center set up on fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington, a few miles north of Cascade Locks. Eastern parts of Corbett are under evacuation orders.

According to Inciweb, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has now issued Level 3 evacuations for Larch Mountain and the communities of Latourell, Bridal Veil, Dodson and Warrendale. Level 2 means that you should be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice, and Level 1 means be on alert.

The blaze, which is only 2 percent contained, forced about 2,000 people out of their homes on August 28 and they remain under evacuation orders, said fire information officer Mike Cole.

Smoke from the wildfires has drifted west, degrading air quality throughout Camas and Washougal, and dropping ash in many areas throughout the Portland/Vancouver metro region. Level 3 is get out.

Edward Jaska, a woodworker from Cascade Locks, and Auna Godinez, a Pacific Crest Trail hiker, laughed together at a picnic table outside the shelter as Jaska showed off his crafts.

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

The air quality in Spokane, Washington, was rated as hazardous Tuesday morning. Residents as far west as Portland and Vancouver reported ash falling.

Another wildfire has been sparked on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge across from the massive Eagle Creek Fire, KATU reports.

Due to fire activity Archer in Skamania County, Washington, the following evacuation levels are in place: Level 3 (Go!) for Archer Mountain Road- Smith Crops- Deville Road.

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