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The people of Wenatchee continue to live under a thick blanket of smoke from multiple wildfires, and the Department of Ecology says the air is considered hazardous.

People are wearing masks in an effort to keep out dangerous particles.

Residents are working together, helping each other out as the firefight continues. The owner of McGlinn's Public House in Wenatchee has made the restaurant's Facebook page a clearinghouse for information.

Michael Bendtsen said the restaurant began offering free meals to anyone who has been evacuated because of the fire.

We also knew that we have one of the larger and more active Facebook pages in town so we decided to utilize it to keep people up-to-date, as well as create separate posts for people to offer their support, he said.

Bendtsen says people have offered everything from their homes, trucks, labor, pastures, and storage - to 96 cases of peaches.

Bendtsen's chef and his family donated the peaches to the firefighters.

Yes, these peaches were counted on as part of their income for the year but instead they chose to give. Amazing! Bendtsen said on the Facebook page.

Bendtsen says the community support and outpouring acts of kindness are beyond belief.

This community has inspired people, not only in Wenatchee, but we have heard from people literally all over the world offering their kind thoughts and words, he said. Many said it was bringing them to tears reading and seeing everyone come together like that.

The Wenatchee Complex wildfire now covers more than 30,000 acres, and more evacuations were ordered Saturday afternoon after the fire crested the ridge above Tripp Canyon.

More than 1,200 firefighters are assigned to the fire that is threatening 850 homes and structures. More than 800 people have been evacuated.

Gov. Chris Gregoire amended an emergency proclamation to include a ban on all outdoor and agricultural burning - including campfires - for all counties east of the crest of the Cascades.

Firefighting costs are now approaching $5 million.

Yakima Complex officials say the expansion and merger of multiple wildfires in the Swauk Creek / Table Mountain area have prompted the Kittitas County Sheriff to direct level-1, 2 and 3 evacuations of residents there.

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