Table Mountain Fire triples in size
The Table Mountain Complex of wildfires in Chelan and Kittitas counties has tripled in size to more than 47 square miles.
Fire spokeswoman Jan Ulrich says a combination of factors caused the complex to grow and merge into one large fire on Wednesday.
Those factors include warm temperatures, winds, very low humidity and low moisture in the vegetation in the area. She says the same conditions are present on Thursday.
She says the fire is being fought by 655 firefighters and is 4 percent contained. About 600 homes are threatened, but the fire has burned only one outbuilding.
The Table Mountain Complex is one of several wildfires burning on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range. The largest, the Wenatchee River Complex, has grown to about 61 square miles.