Fire Forces Evacuations In Cascade Locks

Photo: KATU

A wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge near the Eagle Creek trail started Saturday afternoon and is growing fast. 

The Eagle Creek trail is one of the most popular trails in the Gorge and many hilkers were on the trail Saturday. Some hikers were able to make it down, before the fire grew too large. Three hikers were in danger and had to be airlifted out by the Oregon National Guard.

More than 140 hikers were trapped above the fire and had to spend the night near a lake. The U.S. Forest Service air dropped supplies. Rescuers met them Sunday morning and guided them to another trail, so they could safely get off the mountain.

The fire is burning toward the town of Cascade Locks. Sunday morning, around 130 homes were evacuated and the rest of the town was told to prepare for evacuation.

No one has been injured.

The cause of the fire is believed to be human caused. 

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