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Corbett Schools will be shuttered for a third day on Sept. 7 because of Gorge fire

OUTLOOK PHOTO:TERESA CARSON - The Eagle Creek fire has burned more than 32,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge and forced Corbett Schools to close for a third day. Corbett School District will be closed again on Thursday, Sept. 7 and indefinitely because of the fire in the Columbia Gorge, the district announced Wednesday afternoon.

The district closed Monday and Tuesday as the 32,000-acre Eagle Creek fire burned in the area of the schools.

Corbett Superintendent Randy Trani said in an announcement the district "will remain closed until evacuation levels around the school have changed significantly."

Eastern parts of Corbett are under evacuation orders. The rest of Corbett and Springdale are on a watch to evacuate and have been told to be packed and ready to go at a moment's notice.

The Eagle Creek Fire started Saturday, Sept. 2, merged with another fire and has seared through more than 33,000 acres in the Gorge threatening hundreds of homes and the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River remained closed. The Union Pacific rail line through the area is also closed.

Investigators believe fireworks were to blame for the blaze. More than 600 firefighters from 10 fire departments are battling the inferno.

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