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ODOT officials estimate Interstate 84 will remain closed at least through the weekend of Sept. 9-10, as crews clean up downed trees, fallen boulders and other fire-related debris.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A firefighter helps put out a hot spot near Warrendale Thursday, Sept. 7, as mop up operations on the Eagle Creek Fire continued throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Over 700 firefighters remained working on the 33,000 acre Eagle Creek Fire as of Thursday, Sept. 7, with operations turning to mop up of hot spots near the origin of the fire on Eagle Creek. The blaze, which started Saturday, Sept. 2, when teens throwing fireworks off the Eagle Creek Trail, ignited the fast moving fire. It grew over the Labor Day weekend, fueled by strong east winds and dry, hot weather conditions.

As of Thursday, operations in the Gorge had turned to mopping up hot spots. This allowed incident commanders to allow the media to tour the area impacted by the fire, which remained closed to the public, along with Interstate 84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway.

As of Thursday, Oregon Department of Transportation officials estimated the freeway would remain closed at least through the weekend of Sept. 9-10. After that, a partial opening may take place, although the situation remains fluid.

Here is a photo gallery of the aftermath of the fire in several different spots in the Gorge, including at the Bonneville Hatchery, Tooth Rock Tunnel just west of the Eagle Creek Campground, and Warrendale.

OUTLOOK PHOTOS: JOSH KULLA



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