Cascade Locks community comes together to feed firefighters

Facebook post from Thunder Island Brewing

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Fire crews from across the Pacific Northwest are heading to the Columbia River Gorge to fight the Eagle Creek Fire – a 3,200-acre wildfire that erupted over Labor Day weekend.

As firefighters are working to protect homes in Cascade Locks, some local business owners are coming together to help the crews.

Bridgeside Restaurant spent the morning preparing breakfast burritos to donate to firefighters as they were heading out on Monday.

"We are honored to prepare and donate 155 grab-n-go breakfast burritos for our brave firefighters," Bridgeside said in a Facebook post. "It's the very least we could do."

The Hood River Sheriff's Office said that there are fire strike teams in the area working to protect the more than 280 homes and businesses that have been evacuated by the fire. As of Monday morning, officials said no structures were immediately threatened by the fire.

One of the businesses under the Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation is Thunder Island Brewing, who said it will use the closed taproom to serve meals to the firefighters.

Business owners ask anyone who is wanting to help out could donate to Hood River County Search & Rescue, the group that headed up the rescue effort for more than 150 hikers stranded on the trail when the fire broke out Saturday.

They also ask that you help the community recover after the fire is out by supporting the local businesses in Cascade Locks.

Oregon State Police said they believe the fire was started Saturday by a boy who might have been lighting off fireworks along the Eagle Creek Trail. Officials said they have identified a suspect in their investigation.

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