HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- The wildfire burning east of Hood River was declared contained at 70 acres early Thursday evening, although fire crews had started out the day with it only 15 percent contained.
Crews said winds died down Thursday, which helped them get a big jump of the blaze.
The fire mostly burned in steep terrain, which made fighting it a challenge. Crews in helicopters and planes helped by dumping retardant and water from the air. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze from the ground.
The wildfire caused a major smokey haze over the area, prompting an air quality alert warning people to stay inside if possible.
All kids' outdoor school sports were canceled Thursday, due to the poor air quality. Paramedics also said they responded to a Hood River market where one person needed help due to respiratory problems, according to Ellen Larson, Dir. of Hood River County Public Health Dept.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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