It is believed that he along with a few others shot fireworks off near Eagle Creek Trail, sparking the fire on Saturday.
"As long as that wind is pushing, that fire will keep spotting and those ember fires are going to keep coming down", Lt. Damon Simmons, a spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue, told Oregon Live. Right in the path of the Eagle Creek Fire is #Multnomah Falls, where a stand is being made by firefighters responding to the disaster.
Understandably, the fire is causing anxiety for nearby residents.
It's expected to remain closed most of Tuesday. "This happened fairly suddenly".
"(At) 2:15 in the morning, the police show up, knock, knock, knock, they got that knock", he said.
Evacuation Levels: For more information on evacuation levels, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's office at 541-693-6911. The southern part of town has been evacuated and the north side is under level 2 evacuation notices.
The fire forced the evacuation of almost 300 homes between Sunday and Monday in Cascade Locks but notched minimal growth overnight heading into Monday. Officials have also issued Level 1 notices for Bonneville, Warrendale and Dodson. The blaze, which officials think may have been caused by fireworks, forced the shutdown of more than 30 miles of I- 84 east of Portland through the scenic Columbia River Gorge, between Troutdale and Hood River.
Red Cross shelters are set up at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington for evacuees.
The Eagle Creek fire was zero percent contained Monday and crews prepared for the fire to move west as easterly winds are forecasted to pick up Monday night. Level 1 evacuations means people should be aware of fire danger and ready for potential evacuations. The National Weather Service has an air quality alert in place until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday.
As of Tuesday morning, the fire has grown to more than 10,000 acres and has involved approximately 500 emergency personnel. Residents as far west as Portland and Vancouver reported ash falling. As of today, it grew significantly this morning and a new fire started near Archer Mountain in Washington.
The Eagle Creek fire which started on Monday (September 4), has continued to expand in Hood River, Oregon, burning some 4,800 acres (19.5 kilometers square), local news reports.