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Potential lightning could spark more fires

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Cle Elum, WASH.--Firefighters made progress on the Table Mountain Fire Friday night, but potential lightning predicted in Saturday night's forecast could have them chasing more fires.

Firefighters said the thick smoke around Cle Elum and Ellensburg Friday allowed the fire to become a bit cooler.

Crews now have the fire at 7 percent contained.

Winds have also picked up, which has blown the smoke towards the northeast.

Firefighters said they now have much better visibility, and can resume air operations.

Heavy smoke in the area was keeping crews from using their helicopters.

Fire Information Officer Joe Anderson said, "Today, we've seen helicopters flying, and that's really exciting for us and for firefighters. They haven't been able to fight and fly for the last few days. Now, they're up and they're working the buckets."

A 24-hour red flag warning has been issued.

Firefighters said surrounding areas have had dry lightning. Therefore, crews are paying close attention and preparing for any bad weather.

Crews said dry lightning could spark new fires in the area and they'll have to do initial attacks once again.

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