CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — Ash drifted onto the Oregon town of Cascade Locks from a fire burning nearby in the Columbia River Gorge as firefighters battled to keep it at bay.
Authorities said late Monday morning that evacuation orders remain for 283 structures, including 15 businesses. After quickly spreading since it started on Saturday, apparently from a youngster playing with fireworks, the fire held the same position overnight and is an estimated 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares).
Officials worked to protect structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s in the nearby Eagle Creek Day Use Area, and put sprinklers on a suspension bridge across Eagle Creek. The exit for the area off Interstate 84 is now closed. Crews during the weekend helped rescue more than 100 hikers stranded by the fire.