Crews save Multnomah Falls Lodge from Eagle Creek Fire

Fire grew to more than 10,000 acres Tuesday morning

Multnomah Falls Lodge was saved from fire, September 5 2017. (PPB East Twitter)

CORBETT, Ore. (KOIN) — Diligent fire crews were able to save the Multnomah Falls Lodge from the 10,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire on Tuesday after battling it overnight.

Crews stationed themselves around the Lodge early Tuesday to keep the buildings from burning.

The Eagle Creek Fire started Saturday near Cascade Locks and by Tuesday morning, it was only a few feet from Oregon’s most famous waterfall.

Portland Fire spokesman Lt. Damon Simmons said, “You see fire working its way through those areas where those beautiful falls are and it’s pretty heartbreaking.”

Complete coverage of the Eagle Creek Fire

Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes by the growing fire that started on Saturday at the height of extreme fire conditions, likely by a firework.

According to the Weather Service, high wind blew the fire 12 miles down the Gorge toward Corbett during a 9-hour run that ended overnight, but early Tuesday, dry wind rushed through the treetops — causing more smoke and ash to head toward Portland.

Fortunately, no homes have been destroyed as nearly 300 firefighters try and slow down the growing wildfire, which is tearing through rugged terrain toward more populated areas in East Multnomah County.

“It’s just going to take a lot of help from the weather — it’s going to take a lot of work from firefighters — it’s going to take time, it’s a big running fire in a lot of timber and we’re having winds that are pushing it,” Simmons said.

More than 1,000 firefighters battled the human-caused fire in 1991. The fire came within 13 feet of Multnomah Falls Lodge, (Courtesy photo: Rick Hamell)

The last time a fire threatened the Multnomah Falls Lodge was in October 1991. The more than 1,600-acre blaze came within 13 feet of the lodge, but firefighters covered it with protective foam to prevent damage.

Local forces combined with another 1,426 firefighters from across the country battled the human- caused fire for 6 days.

Eagle Creek Fire evacuation list