About 140 hikers trapped between 2 wildfires in Oregon

Smoke from the fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge was visible from Southeast Portland neighborhoods Saturday

The fire is burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore. Several school districts, including Pendleton and Hermiston, canceled some athletic practices and practices.

Currently, more than 80 large wildfires are burning on about 1.4 million acres in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming with almost 28,000 firefighters and support personnel working on them. "The groups are believed to be far enough away from fire (not) to be in any immediate danger", said Joel Ives, spokesman with the Hood River County sheriff's office.

Drought has caused numerous wildfires in Montana where 24.55% of the state is experiencing exceptional drought, the worst classification drought by the National Drought Mitigation Center.

"If it jumps the road, you'd be driving through a wall of flame", he said.

People in OR enveloped their faces to protect themselves from the smoke and the ashes falling on them. As of Tuesday, they were zero percent contained, had burned more than 5,000 acres, and threatened about 350 structures, including 283 houses. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated so far in OR and neighboring Washington State, and officials say more could be coming. Thick black smoke closed parts of two highways as firefighters struggled to fight the blaze fueled by winds gusting at up to 40 miles per hour.

Near California's Yosemite National Park, a wind-fueled fire made its way deeper into a grove of 2,700-year-old giant sequoia trees.

Fire officials have said a combination of dry conditions and gorge winds caused the Eagle Creek Fire to grow and move quickly, thwarting early efforts to get ahead of the fire.

Overall, fire activity was lower Wednesday than in previous days.

There have been no new evacuation orders issued for the fire as of Thursday morning.

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But Gov. Brown argued federal officials should be directing more resources to OR, because of the disproportionate degree of fire danger in the state.

Officials said firefighters have kept the fire's growth moderate Tuesday after it exploded over Monday night.

Overnight the fire sparked a fire across the river in Washington and prompted mandatory evacuations of multiple communities.

It was so thick that dispatchers serving Eastside Fire Rescue received concerned calls about smoke in the area and ash settling on cars.

They urged people to stay out of the area to keep everyone safe. Evacuations are happening along the Columbia River Gorge and I-84. "Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems".

Gov. Kate Brown visited the fire scene Tuesday as ash fell around her.

Ground crews and a helicopter dropping water have worked to slow the fire's progress and crews are "cautiously optimistic" they will continue a strong momentum in building fire lines to control the blaze.

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

A Reddit user posted an image that they said they grabbed from a Facebook friend, depicting golfers on a course in the foreground in Washington as the fire raged at the gorge.

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