Early this morning (Sept. 6), the sun released two powerful solar flares — the second was the most powerful in more than a decade.
The Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire have merged into one 32,000-acre blaze in the Columbia River Gorge, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports.
The Indian Creek Fire began July 4 before merging with Eagle Creek Fire, according to KOIN-TV.
The blaze was 0 percent contained early Wednesday, according to the station.
Officials say the fire destroyed a small home and four other structures and is National Weather Service said air quality should improve in the coming days.. The
The Centers for Disease Control said wildfire smoke is especially dangerous for people with heart and lung diseases like asthma, KOIN-TV reports. Officials said all people in smoky areas should avoid strenuous work, exercise outdoors or driving whenever possible.