Table Mountain Fire 70% Contained

<p>Courtesy Wenatchee Rappel Crew</p>

Courtesy Wenatchee Rappel Crew

The Table Mountain fire near Cle Elum is now 70% contained as of this morning, and crews are expecting to have that at 100% by the end of the week.

However, firefighters are worried high winds may hamper those efforts.

Forecasts called for wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, which started this afternoon -- those winds can start up new fires outside of the containment lines.

The fire, which was caused by lightning, has forced about 160 evacuations and burned over 40 thousand acres.

A public meeting regarding the fire is planned for 6:30 tonight at  Central Washington University's Student Union Recreation Center, room 202, in Ellensburg.