The Eagle Creek Fire continues to grow in the Columbia River Gorge, leading to evacuation orders for nearby towns.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office reported that Level 3 evacuation notices were issued for the communities of Dodson, Warrendale and later Larch Mountain.
By 10:30 p.m. Monday, a Level 3 order was issued for east Corbett, east of Larch Mountain Road.
By midnight Tuesday morning, a Level 3 order was issued for Latourell and Bridal Veil.
A Level 3 evacuation notice means “go now.”
A shelter was opened at the Yoshida Event Center at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.
Interstate 84 was shut down in both directions Monday between Troutdale and Hood River due to the fire.
Washington State Patrol also closed Bridge of the Gods to southbound traffic.
Evacuation notices for Cascade Locks were upgraded Monday evening from Level 1 to Level 2, meaning people there should be set to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
By late Monday night, Level 2 evacuation orders were also issued for Latourell.
The western part of Corbett was under a Level 1 notice, meaning people there should be ready for a potential evacuation.
By 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, the city of Corbett was put under a Level 2 notice.
All classes were canceled in the Corbett School District for Tuesday. The Hood River School District announced that classes were canceled Tuesday for Cascade Locks Elementary School, as well.
The Eagle Creek fire was first reported at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Gorge. It grew to 3,000 acres overnight and was at 3,200 acres Monday morning. By Monday night, the fire had exploded to 4,800 acres, according to firefighters.
Firefighters said windy conditions and poor visibility posed problems for the firefighting efforts Monday. Crews worked to protect structures near the fire.
FOX 12 meteorologists said Monday night the fire was moving into a strong east wind zone that begins around Dodson, with Multnomah Falls only six to eight miles downwind.
Investigators believe someone setting off fireworks caused the fire.
FOX 12 received numerous reports ofash falling throughout the metro area
Monday due to the Eagle Creek Fire.
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