Police: 15-year-old ID'ed as suspect in Eagle Creek Fire, more could be involved
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Oregon State Police is asking for help finding other suspects who were using fireworks along the Eagle Creek trail on Saturday, sparking a wildfire that is burning more than 32,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Eagle Creek Fire is currently uncontained and has started several spot fires, including one burning on the Washington side of the river.
State troopers identified a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Wash. as a suspect in the fire. Officials said they think he was with other people when the fire broke out.
No one has been formally charged in the incident.
Our news partners at Willamette Week talked with a woman who said the group of teens seemed like they " thought it was funny" to light off fireworks.
If you have any information on who started the fire, or heard fireworks along the Eagle Creek Trail or in the Punchbowl Falls areas between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, call state police at (503) 375-3555.
The fire has forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in several Columbia Gorge communities. | Current evacuation orders
The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale as a safety precaution.
This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.