Eagle Creek fire: 5 things to know Thursday

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People in OR covered their faces with scarves to keep choking ash from wildfires from filling their lungs and wiped the soot from windshields. In a separate incident fast-moving wildfire in northern Utah dragged down a Canyon demolishing propelling clearing and closing highways.

The smoke and choking ash from fires in OR are forcing people to cover their faces with scarves just so they can breathe.

Stencel said responding to fires was requiring sometimes last-minute notices to families and employers - who have been very supportive.

Giant sequoias are resilient and can withstand low-intensity fires. "That's not to say there isn't damage to some of those trees", he said. The line was left out of service until the fire safely burned through underneath. The last time that active duty military personnel were mobilized to serve as wildland firefighters was in August, 2015, when 200 soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord were mobilized to work on wildfires in Washington for thirty days. See the latest on the smoke on the Washington Smoke Blog.

Mandatory evacuations were announced for the fire near Mount Rainier, including the Crystal Mountain ski resort.

The air quality in Spokane, Washington, was rated as hazardous Tuesday morning.

OR forestry officials say the state's wildfires have scorched at least 822 square miles (2,128 square. kilometers). The air quality was expected to be some of the worst of the year, and people were encouraged to stay indoors.

The fire forced 153 hikers along the popular Eagle Creek hiking trail to spend Saturday night huddled together in the woods.

Dozens of wildfires are creating havoc from Montana to California, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate as others across the northwest face health hazards from the intense smoke.

Foster says she jumped at the chance to help the evacuees who are dealing with so much.

She ran back to the parking lot, telling people she passed on the trail to turn around.

There were heroic tales that came out Tuesday in the firefight near Portland.

A fire official told reporters Tuesday that no homes have been lost so far, but crews were still assessing the damage.

Due to extreme fire danger, Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday, Sept. 2 declared a state of emergency in all 39 counties in Washington.

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