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Forest fires are forcing evacuations in Oregon and Washington


Dangerous and fast-moving forest fires are racing across Oregon and Washington, KATU2 and KOMO News report. The Eagle Creek Fire, in Oregon, expanded rapidly Monday night, forcing hundreds out of their homes, closing down a major portion of Interstate 84, and threatening an Oregon treasure: Multnomah Falls. The human-caused fire grew from 3,200 acres early Monday to 4,800 acres by the end of the day.

The Norse Peak Fire, just North of Mount Rainier, in Washington, has also prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders.

Basically from east peak, which is the main east side of the ski area to the north, for a while there it was just a solid wall of flames
John Kircher, owner of Crystal Mountain Resort, near Mount Rainier

In the case of the Eagle Creek Fire, weather forecasters saw no immediate relief Monday night for the fire fighting effort. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office issued Level 3 (GO!) evacuations.

Eagle Creek Fire
Eagle Creek Fire

The blazes are not just affecting small towns, but also the greater Portland area, where Fire Weather Warnings are now in effect.

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