'Sounded like a fire cracker': Hiker shares what he heard before Eagle Creek Fire began
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – A hiker who barely escaped the Eagle Creek Fire Saturday afternoon said he heard a loud bang and then saw smoke while he was in the forest.
“It sounded like a gun blast, but it also sounded like a fire cracker going off,” said Kevin Marnell who was hiking in the area when the fire began.
Oregon State Police said fireworks may have sparked the 3,000-acre Eagle Creek Wildfire on Saturday.
The wildfire has since caused nearby residents to evacuate more than 130 homes.
More than 150 hikers were stranded overnight Saturday by the fast-growing wildfire. It was a seven-mile hike to rescue them.
“It's extremely dangerous with how dry the climate is and everything. It can endanger a lot of people,” said Sgt. Jason Calloway from Oregon State Police.
The fire was last measured at 3,000 acres. Crews plan to try measuring the fire again Monday morning.