Huge fires controlled by more than 5,000 firefighters

As a result of burning wildfires, the Pacific Northwest awakens to smoke-filled skies and poor air quality.

Residents of Washington and Oregon were welcomed by the sight of ash and smoke.

Low humidity, strong winds, and the drought all combined to make ideal conditions for fires to rapidly spread.

Alerts on the region's air quality were sent out for many counties.

Due to the dense smoke, the National Weather Service warned residents in the Seattle area to stay inside, refrain from strenuous exercise, and close windows and doors.

A total of 1,900 residences have reportedly been evacuated in some way.

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