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Eagle Creek Fire

Firefighters work the Eagle Creek Fire that raged through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon in September.

The Archer Mountain Fire was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday morning, and all evacuation notices have been lifted.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office clarified that though the fire is contained, that doesn’t mean it’s completely controlled. Resources will be assigned to monitor the fire to ensure it doesn’t escape the containment lines.

The fire started as a spot fire from the Eagle Creek Fire on Sept. 5 when an ember jumped the river and ignited the blaze.

The Eagle Creek fire is burning 35,636 acres south of Cascade Locks, Ore., and is now 13 percent contained.

Firefighters are anticipating cooler temperatures and the potential for significant precipitation early next week, which should help the firefighters make gains.

Smoke blew over the Tri-Cities from the fires burning to the west on Wednesday.

The air quality had deteriorated to a level considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups” by Washington state standards.

Children, pregnant women, adults older than 65 and people with chronic illnesses should limit time spent outdoors.

Air quality to the west of the Tri-Cities was worse, with air quality in Yakima rated as “unhealthy” for all people.

The National Weather Service is expecting air quality to improve on Thursday for the Tri-Cities. The wind should shift, bringing cleaner air from the north.

Smoke and the danger of new fires have prompted federal wildlife managers to postpone the annual roundup at the National Bison Range in western Montana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the roundup was scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3. No new date has been set.

Range manager Jeff King says the smoke makes the air unhealthy for humans and the horses used in the roundup. He says new fires could ignite from sparks created when horseshoes strike rocks or from the all-terrain vehicles used in the roundup.

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighters are working to fight wildfires in the Columbia Gorge and Central Washington. TDN will be close behind the fire lines this week covering local firefighters in action. Check The Daily News’ Sunday edition for a full report from the blaze.


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