140 hikers trapped by Eagle Creek Trail Fire in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — In Oregon, 140 hikers were trapped behind flames Saturday night after a fire broke out southeast of Portland near the Eagle Creek Trail.

The hikers were forced to spend the night outside near Tunnel Falls, about six miles from the trailhead, Oregon Live reported.

U.S. Forest spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz said school buses picked up some hikers Saturday evening, but others were told to shelter in place overnight.

“Some of these people will be getting out soon, but others may have a very long night ahead of them,” Pawlitz said.

“We don’t believe any of the hikers are in any danger at this point in time. The groups are believed to be far enough away from fire (not) to be in any immediate danger,” said Joel Ives, spokesman with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire has burned 50 to 100 acres since it broke out at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cameron Wong was hiking at the trail with friends when they looked over a ledge and saw trees on fire.

“We started smelling smoke and felt heat, so we looked around, heard crackling, looked down the rail and right below there was a fire that jumped up on the trail just a few minutes later,” Wong told KPTV.

“There were kids there screaming. The fire had jumped on the trail and it was burning all around the trail … and then we ran out of there.”

The hikers were rescued late Sunday morning and bussed to the Cascade Salmon Hatchery, according to Oregon Live.