The Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks on Sept. 5. A teenager lighting fireworks may have started the blaze that threatened popular gorge landmarks and closed the state’s east-west freeway.
The Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks on Sept. 5. A teenager lighting fireworks may have started the blaze that threatened popular gorge landmarks and closed the state’s east-west freeway. Genna Martin AP
The Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks on Sept. 5. A teenager lighting fireworks may have started the blaze that threatened popular gorge landmarks and closed the state’s east-west freeway. Genna Martin AP

Who to blame for the fires? Reckless teenager? Bad parents? There are no easy answers.

September 15, 2017 5:54 PM