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Illegal fireworks spark fire in Eagle Creek canyon

Wildfire burns about 60 acres
by: Clinton Vining, A tanker plane drops firefighting retardant on the Eagle Creek fire Sunday afternoon east of Estacada. The fire is believed to have been started by illegal fireworks.

Neighbors heard illegal fireworks shortly before flames took over a hillside above Eagle Creek east of Estacada early Sunday morning.

Members of the Randall family, who live on the south side of Eagle Creek, off of Porter Road, reported hearing fireworks at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 2.

By Sunday afternoon, the wildfire had burned about 60 acres along the steep canyon wall on the north side of Eagle Creek, just west of the Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery.

Fire fighting officials also found remnants of illegal fireworks on the scene of the fire.

The area that burned had mostly been clear cut. Scrap piles remained and burned quickly. It is not clear at this time if the area had been replanted.