Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire

Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire

Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire

More than 100 hikers in OR are awaiting rescue after they were forced to shelter in place on a popular trail about 90 miles (144 kilometers) east of Portland because of wildfires.

OR fisheries managers have released thousands of hatchery salmon months early in response to a large wildfire raging in the Columbia River Gorge. The additional bad news is that unconfirmed reports have the fire jumping the Columbia River and sparking a new fire on the Washington state side.

About 130 homes in Cascade Locks were under evacuation order, The Associated Press reported. 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". Eight structures have been damaged and 20 have been destroyed.

Heat and high winds have made battling the fire almost impossible.

Tuesday morning he said the lodge was still threatened.

In Washington state the U.S. Department of Defense agreed to assign 200 active-duty soldiers to help fight a wildfire.

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A portion of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state has been closed because of its proximity to a nearby wildfire. L.J. Brown of Bureau of Land Management Fire Operations said that resources were still in short supply with some student firefighters going back to college.

Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River, Oregon, remains closed. Portland's air quality diminished to unhealthy for everyone on Monday. Others have been warned to get ready as flames burn trees and brush in one of the state's biggest tourist attractions.

Police said they have identified a suspect in the fire.

The Oregonian/OregonLive (http://bit.ly/2ezDZJY ) reported the hikers were still awaiting rescue early Sunday morning as the fire near Eagle Creek Trail grows.

Johnson on Sunday said the next couple of days will be hard on people with asthma and other health conditions affected by air quality.

A total of 600 Oregon National Guard troops have been called up to fight more than a dozen blazes across Oregon, including a much larger blaze in southwest Oregon in a rural area along the California border.

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