Police Say Teenage Boy Suspected Of Starting Massive Oregon Wildfire

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Oregon State Police say the fire appears to be human-caused, likely by the misuse of fireworks.

It was so thick that dispatchers serving Eastside Fire Rescue received concerned calls about smoke in the area and ash settling on cars. Teams also saved a historic lodge near Multnomah Falls.

Crews reported extreme, long-range spotting and torching as well as wind-driven runs.

Haze covered the state from corner to corner, satellite images showed.

It is one of dozens of wildfires burning in western USA states that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver. The National Weather Service advisory extends until noon Friday.

Insulated by clouds of smoke, overnight temperatures never dipped below 71 degrees at Sea-Tac, making for an uncomfortable night for the 85 percent of Seattleites without air conditioning.

"They were definitely not faked", he said of the pictures.

Continued dry weather and wind are contributing to the growth of wildfires in Washington and OR, which have threatened homes, prompted evacuations, closed some popular ski resorts and hiking trains and caused the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency.

Thursday morning, crews in Cascade Locks and Hood River monitored the Eagle Creek Fire conditions, anxious the wind would push the flames their direction.

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Air quality alerts were issued for parts of Idaho and Spokane, Washington.

There are 928 individuals working on the fire, which has burned 33,000 acres. Of 1.5 million acres or more burning across the country about a half million acres are in Oregon.

Elsewhere in Northern California, a fire destroyed 72 homes and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 people from their houses.

The Bonneville Power Administration said the Eagle Creek fire forced officials to shut off power on a section of lines that run from Cascade Locks to Hood River on the OR side of the Columbia for firefighter safety.

The growing blaze is east of Portland, Oregon in the scenic Columbia River Gorge.

Interstate 84 closed in OR after the Eagle Creek Fire began to spread. The rail line through the area is also closed. This fire behavior is expected along most of the southern flank of the fire. It is visible from miles away.

In Washington state, the U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to assign 200 active-duty soldiers to help fight wildfires.

Taken Monday evening, the photos' and captions' apparent lack of panic owes to the fact that the Columbia River provides a buffer between the fire and the golf course, Mark Mayfield, Beacon Rock's operations manager, told CNN.

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