Over 30,000 acres burning. Started at the weekend by some little tw@s throwing fire crackers. 140 hikers got stranded and had to hike back in the dark 15 mile into the forest to get away from fires on two sides with hardly any of them having any supplies for the overnight hike. We had friends who went through the area on monday, they said it was an inferno. Pitch black with smoke only lightened by the flames. I'm in eastern Washington and the air quality is very bad. It's like a gray fog out there. Ash has been falling in Portland for the first time since Mt. Saint Helens blew. Last I heard they were saying it could take a month to fully contain the fire. The flames have already crossed the Columbia River into the Washington side. It's a beautiful area, going to leave a massive scar for years to come. This is just one of dozens of fires burning throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.