Fire being held at bay near Cascade Locks, Oregon

Jerome Frank
September 6, 2017

"We moved up here to get away from the heat and the smoke", he said.

The Pacific Northwest is being inundated with two layers of smoke from wildfires in Washington and OR, coming from different directions, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

The Red Cross is preparing for more people seeking shelter as the Eagle Creek fire grows, said Dahl, the Red Cross director. The ash and smoke have made the temperature in those areas higher than normal because it insulates the atmosphere and doesn't let warm air escape, The Seattle Times reported.

That means a couple of uncomfortably warm nights are likely ahead for the 85percent or so of Seattle area-residents who live without air conditioning.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday she had activated an additional 250 members of the National Guard. People shielded their faces and authorities in the Northwest urged drivers to use headlights during the day to increase visibility.

The fires on Sunday caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West.

Multnomah County has declared a state of emergency over the fire that started Saturday. Active fire behavior expected as weather conditions continue to be hot, dry and windy. Those communities were under Level 1 evacuation warnings Monday morning, meaning they should gather up valuables in anticipation of an evacuation.

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The fire, which started burning on Saturday, had doubled in size to 10,000 acres from Monday night into Tuesday morning. Officials are asking people to not drive into areas impacted by the fire.

The Jolly Mountain fire, near Cle Elum, Roslyn and Ronald, grew to almost 21,000 acres Monday, with more than 1,000 peopleevacuated. And an untold number of residents have been evacuated from Cascade Locks and other small towns lining one of the state's most beloved natural areas.

The dozens of fires burning across the West and Canada have blanketed the air with choking smoke from OR, where ash fell on the town of Cascade Locks, to Colorado, where health officials issued an air quality advisory alert.

Level 2 notices covered all areas north of Wa Na Pa to the Columbia River.

Nash Fire update: Strong winds yesterday fanned the flames of the Nash and nearby Separation Fires, which continued to burn overnight.

A sudden gusty series of rainstorms allowed Los Angeles, however, to cancel evacuation orders for a wildfire that the mayor called the largest in the city's history and sent beach umbrellas and toy shovels bouncing down Southern California beaches late Sunday. The lightning-caused blaze has consumed 142,857 acres. Officials ordered hundreds of homes to evacuate.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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