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Possible lightning storms have fire crews on their toes

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Cle Elum, WASH.--Firefighters battling the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum are dealing with hazardous weather conditions.

High temperatures and low humidity have dried everything out making the ground particularly vulnerable to catching fire.

"We are in the second day of a red flag warning, which is weather conditions that are conducive to fire establish line growth," said Public Information Officer Randy Shepard. "We're pretty confident that the conditions yesterday contributed to that spot fire."

Crews said firefighters contained a spot fire that was 100 acres in size late Friday night. The spot fire started up outside of the fire perimeter on SR 970 and Highway 97. Fire crews said the dry lightning predicted for Saturday night could spark up more spot fires.

"We'll have to see what that does as far as starting new fires in the area and demanding resources to deal with those, or if it does something on the perimeter of the Taylor Bridge Fire," said Shepard.

New fires aren't the only concern. High winds could easily push the fire out of its contained barrier.

"Be alert, assess where your most vulnerability is concerned," said Shepard. "As I said, with thunderstorms it could change things so rapidly."

You can't control mother nature, but firefighters are certainly doing their best to command the situation.

"{We have an} excellent crew of firefighters," said Shepard. "People who know how to read the weather and what it will translate onto the ground. I'm confident in their ability, if it's humanly possible, they'll be able to prepare us for it.

The weather has pushed back the expected date of full containment.

Fire crews said they now predict to have the fire contained by late Monday night.

Currently, the fire stands at 43 percent contained.

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