Police: Fireworks likely caused Eagle Creek Wildfire in Columbia Gorge, suspect identified

Eagle Creek Fire near Cascade Locks - Photo courtesy Glenn Daman.jpg

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (KATU) – Fireworks may have sparked the 3,000-acre Eagle Creek Wildfire on Saturday that has evacuated dozens of homes near the town of Cascade Locks in Oregon, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers said they have a suspect in the case - a "juvenile male." He could face several charges, including arson and reckless endangerment.

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The fire was first reported about 4 p.m. Saturday along the Eagle Creek Trail. KATU News talked with witnesses who said they heard a loud bang before the fire broke out.

More than 150 hikers were stranded overnight by the fast-growing wildfire. They sheltered overnight near Tunnel Falls before search & rescue crews hiked with them to Wahtum Lake. There are no hikers unaccounted for, officials said Sunday.

The fire is burning about a half-mile from Cascade Locks. Those living south of Interstate 84 are Level 3 (leave immediately) and those living north of the interstate are at Level 2 (prepare to leave at a moment's notice).

More than 130 homes were evacuated; Red Cross volunteers have set up a shelter at the Skamania County Fairgrounds across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Wash.

A Type 2 incident team is heading to the fire to start work on containing the blaze.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted.

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