Wildfire races through Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, leaving destruction in its wake

(Reuters) - A wildfire outside Portland, Oregon, forced hundreds of local residents to evacuate on Tuesday as it ravaged the picturesque Columbia River Gorge and sent burning embers raining on communities miles away.

The so-called Eagle Creek Fire, which has burned 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) since it broke out on Saturday, has torn through timber in the gorge, destroying landmarks in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prized natural areas, officials said.

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