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Cause yet to be determined for blaze burning on steep terrain near Mitchell Point

Crews responded to a blaze last night that ignited near the footprint of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Crews were able to stop the fire from spreading, and the blaze is estimated to cover less than one acre. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - Firefighters faced steep terrain when responding to a fire overnight near Mitchell Point west of Hood River.

Fire personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District, city of Hood River Fire Department and The Westside Fire Department responded to the blaze in Columbia River Gorge near Mitchell Point in Hood River County on Wednesday, June 20, according to a press release from ODF.

The latest fire is burning on steep terrain, and the cause is not yet known.

The Eagle Creek Fire was started by a 15-year-old boy throwing fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon on Sept. 2, 2017. The blaze consumed more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. The boy, whose name authorities have not released, was recently ordered to pay $36 million in restitution.

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