‘The Gorge still looks like the Gorge’

A running look at the Columbia River Gorge and the Eagle Creek Fire from Wednesday

Oregon State Police drive through the Columbia River Gorge on Wednesday (OSP Twitter).
Oregon State Police drive through the Columbia River Gorge on Wednesday (OSP Twitter).

PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN) — On Wednesday morning, Damon Simmons, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue working the Eagle Creek Fire, held a press briefing and gave an optimistic view to a gloomy situation.

“I drove through the Gorge this morning and the thing I want to tell you guys is the Gorge still looks like the Gorge,” Simmons said despite the 32,000-acre Eagle Creek fire that is burning in the area. “It’s not a wasteland. It’s not a blackened destroyed no man’s land. There’s trees everywhere and they look good.”

Later on Wednesday, the Oregon State Police added to Simmons’ optimism with this video on Twitter.

Here’s a running look at some other Eagle Creek Fire tweets from Wednesday. This post will be updated.