Forest / Wild Fire in USA on September 03 2017 04:37 AM (UTC).
More than 100 hikers are being evacuated after a wildfire began burning near the Eagle Crest Trail in the Columbia River Gorge Saturday afternoon. The U.S. Forest Service says about 140 hikers are trapped above the fire, which is about a mile up the trail. They are trapped in between the new fire and the Indian Creek Fire, which has been burning in the Mount Hood National Forest since July 4. That fire is south of the new Eagle Creek Trail fire. The hikers currently can't go up or down the trail to escape. Fire officials initially began receiving calls at around 4:30 p.m. that the fire was burning near the trail and the Bonneville Dam exit along Interstate 84. The fire was estimated at 50 acres. The Forest Service says the entire length of the trail is closed, as well as the Pacific Crest Trail in that area. The Eagle Creek campground was also evacuated and closed. Mountain Wave Search and Rescue has been activated and said many hikers were at Punch Bowl Falls.