Here are the largest wildfires in Washington state, Oregon

Associated Press | Aaron Thorup Associated Press

With the Eagle Creek fire accelerating on the Columbia River Gorge, and other fires continuing across the state from Brookings to Sisters, firefighting costs are poised to grow higher.

Oregon State Police said they distinguished the 15-year-old kid, of Vancouver, Wash., and trust he and a few others were playing with firecrackers when the woodland fire began along the well known Columbia River Gorge Trail.

The fire has entered the Bull Run Watershed - the source of water for one in five Oregonians.

Residents living along Bear Creek Road and Borden Road remain on a Level 1 evacuation notice, officials said.

It is zero percent contained as firefighters work hard to gain control. The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire was human-caused and is under investigation by the Oregon State Police.

The Centers for Disease Control said wildfire smoke is especially unsafe for people with heart and lung diseases like asthma, KOIN-TV reports.

But it's been a big season in general, because of all the fire activity across the region.

Bryon Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley, said the smoke was aloft on Monday, meaning it didn't smell smoky. Here's an update from fire crews Tuesday. Their main goal was to stop the blaze from spreading south toward houses, but they also were working to minimize the damage to the forest green backdrop of the Columbia River Gorge.

Deputy Joel Ives says no hikers were missing but one hiker was taken out by ambulance for exhaustion and dehydration.

Golfers in the USA state of Washington avoided a hazard by keeping their irons in the fire, being photographed nonchalantly finishing a round despite wildfires raging just metres away from them. Glaciers shaped dramatic cliffs and left behind Ice Age seed banks of endemic plant species like the Columbia kittentail, smooth-leaf douglasia and poet's shooting star.

About 130 homes in Cascade Locks were under evacuation orders because of the flames. Springdale and the rest of Corbett are under a level 2 (Be Ready) evacuation notice.

And 3,400 homes in Troutdale were waiting to find out if they needed to pack up, too.

The fire is threatening the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.

The Hidden fire is burning 10,689 acres near Hidden Ridge and the Elk Summit Guard Station in Northeast Idaho.

The Norse Peak fire has burned more than 19,000 acres, with smoke from the fire prompting Crystal Mountain Ski Resort to close.

There are now 928 fire personnel working on the fire, many of whom are camping out in the Hood River County Fairgrounds. "There are no state resources that are going to be available".

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