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10,000-acre fire burning in Oregon national park

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A fire raged across 10,000 acres in Eagle Creek, Or., and is threatening to burn some of the state's most revered natural beauty, local officials said.

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"I think I can speak for all Oregonians when I say our hearts are breaking," said Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury, according to The Oregonian. "The gorge is Oregon's crown jewel. It's our playground and we are very, very sad."

The National Weather Service issued a statewide air quality alert until Friday.

The fire threatened to reach the more populated Portland suburbs as it moves westward. Officials ordered hundreds of homes to evacuate.

More than 450 personnel worked to contain the fire, including five helicopters, KATU-TV reported. As of Tuesday night, there was zero containment.

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