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Firefighters get full containment of Gorge wildfire

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MOSIER, OR (KPTV) -

Calm winds helped firefighters contain the blaze burning in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Milepost 66 Fire started Tuesday night.

On Thursday afternoon, firefighters had the fire fully contained at just 70 acres.

The fire is burning near Interstate 84 along the Mark Hatfield Trail, between Hood River and Mosier.

The hazy, smoky conditions are the most concerning and even impacted some schools.

The Milepost 66 Fire is burning in rough and steep terrain, which made it difficult for crews to reach the fire by ground.

From the air, a helicopter helped drop water on the fire that continued burn in heavy brush.

The fire was first reported on Tuesday near the railroad tracks alongside I-84.

Since then, the fire has put up a lot of smoke, making things in the Gorge extremely hazy.

"You couldn't even see the hills because it was so hazy. You could barely see a silhouette," said Athena Salvador who was staying nearby.

Local fishermen in the area are dealing with those smoky conditions along the Columbia River.

"It just obscures your vision. I mean we have guys out here and we go out three or four boats at a time but we stay out of each others way," said Josh Souza, a local fishermen.

Along I-84, one lane of eastbound traffic was closed as crews worked to fight the flames, but the smoke wasn't creating too many problems for people traveling the highway.

"I know enough to know that they're keeping things under control and luckily, it's on that side of the tracks," added Salvador.

However, all that smoke is settling down in nearby areas like Hood River, where it's creating problems for some.

"For the fires we've had in the area for Hood River and here up where our school is, this fire has created the worst air quality," said Kenneth Block, superintendent of Horizon Christian Schools.

Schools like Horizon Christian School in Hood River changed the students' normal schedule to keep them inside, out of the smoke.

"We felt it was best just to have the students inside because we have some students who are allergic to small air particulates," added Block.

For now, the younger students are having indoor recess and all outdoor activities for the older students have been canceled.

The DEQ is warning that there will be elevated smoke levels due to this fire.

School officials in the area will continue to monitor the air quality and determine what they'll do with students on Friday.

Fire officials said about 120 firefighters worked to keep this fire contained to just 70 acres.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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