KOIN 6 News Staff - CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (KOIN) ---- The 10,000 acre Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge is now burning from Crown Point to Larch Mountain and has spread to Archer Mountain in Washington.
Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes by the growing fire that started on Saturday at the height of extreme fire conditions, likely by a firework. Dry weather and fuel, along with 30-40 mph winds have allowed the fire to run 13 miles in 16 hours.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire is 0% contained.
Flames were burning above Multnomah Falls and threatened hundreds of structures, including the Multnomah Falls Lodge, which is safe after crews stationed themselves around the structure overnight. Crews also put forth what Governor Kate Brown called a "heroic effort" to save other critical infrastructure including access to state parks and the fish hatchery.
Brown has deployed an additional 250 National Guard troops to aid firefighters with their efforts. There are now 600 National Guard members supporting firefighters in Oregon.
The governor said the state is working with a unified command of federal, state and local partners and using every resource available to fight this fire.
"Do we need more? Certainly. We're using everything we have," Brown said.
The fire entered the Bull Run Watershed, which provides drinking water for the City of Portland. The Portland Water Bureau said the fire is not near drinking water reservoirs or water supply infrastructure.
City officials said the water bureau authorized the forest service to do water drops from Bull Run for fire suppression.
Thousands of people in East Multnomah County and Hood River County have been evacuated from their homes as the fire continues to spread. There are currently two Red Cross Shelters operating to house those displaced residents.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's office said the evacuation boundary is getting close to the Mt. Hood Community College shelter in Gresham, so officials are looking for other locations to serve as shelters.
Officials also emphasized that people should not be entering the evacuated areas because it is very unsafe and hindering the efforts of emergency res ponders.
Portland Public School sent students home early Tuesday due to extreme heat and cancelled all outdoor athletic competitions and practices due to the poor air quality.
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