'Apocalypse': Golfers play on as wildfire rages behind them

Violet Powell
September 8, 2017

A wildfire continues to burn on the OR side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore., and the Bridge of the Gods, late Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

Oregon State Police officials said they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire's cause.

As she walked she grew concerned and thought to herself that it would be irresponsible of her to get stuck by a forest fire.

Gov. Kate Brown planned to join a briefing on the fire conditions Tuesday afternoon at the fire command center in Troutdale.

Extreme heat warnings and air quality alerts remained in effect for large portions of OR on September 4, as firefighters continued to battle wildfires in the state.

A large fire that destroyed five homes and threatened hillside neighborhoods is no longer actively burning, but firefighters kept watch Tuesday in case the wind reignited the blaze.

In somae areas of Western Washington, Tuesday will likely see record-breaking heat, said Art Gaebel, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

A spokesman for the OR state Fire Marshal's Office, told reporters that in his 18 years experience in the area he had never seen a wildfire propel ash as intensely as the Eagle Creek Fire.

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While the fire appears to be right behind the course, it is in fact burning on the other side of the Columbia River. Regular traffic is permitted.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925, was saved by firefighters.

The spectacle of the fire on the OR side drew many onlookers to viewpoints along the Washington side of the gorge.

Hundreds of people are staying in shelters in Skamania County and Gresham after they were forced to evacuate from their homes on Monday and Tuesday. Mountain Wave Search & Rescue dropped supplies to the hikers. Downed trees have closed nearby interstate I-84, which extends 55 miles west to Portland, crippling the area. Springdale and the rest of Corbett are under a level 2 (Be Ready) evacuation notice. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated so far in OR and neighboring Washington State, and officials say more could be coming.

Evacuation Levels: For more information on evacuation levels, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's office at 541-693-6911.

The Bonneville Dam, located a few miles west of Cascade Locks, is being staffed by "critical personnel only", and some U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees have been told not to report to the dam for work due to safety issues.

Several wildfires are blazing in Washington and OR destroying thousands of acres of land and prompting hundred of people to evacuate.

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