In Glacier National Park, heavy smoke from a wildfire caused poor air quality but also helped stifle the fire's growth.
Flames moved through trees mere yards away from the historic lodge at Multnomah Falls. The crews recovered their items and filed a police report.
It is one of dozens of wildfires burning in western US states that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver.
"It's horribly smoky", Gubele said.
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.
Due to extreme fire danger, Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday, Sept. 2 declared a state of emergency in all 39 counties in Washington.
The air quality in Spokane, Washington, was rated "hazardous" Tuesday morning.
The fire had grown to almost 31,000 acres by Wednesday morning. By nighttime, Pierce County officials told many in the area to leave immediately. As of late Tuesday morning, there have been no known residential structure losses.
An Evacuation Order is in effect for all residents west of Highway 93 on the north side of Bass Creek Road north to residents on the south side of Hannaford Avenue and west of Florence Carlton Loop.
The blaze, which officials think may have been caused by fireworks, forced the shutdown of more than 30 miles of I- 84 east of Portland through the scenic Columbia River Gorge, between Troutdale and Hood River.
This Monday photo provided by KATU-TV shows the Eagle Creek wildfire as seen from Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River. It also burned close to the Bonneville Dam.
Most of the biggest fires in OR this year have been sparked by lightning strikes, with a pair of notable exceptions.
The main fire is 11 miles east of Gresham.
But before it can tap that coverage, the state has to spend $50 million of its own money, according to Ken Armstrong, public affairs director at the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The forest fires raging in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to disturb adult coho salmon right now. Fire officials said high winds and low visibility meant they could only offer a "low estimate" of the size of the fire - about 10,000 acres.