Mid-Columbia firefighters and equipment have been dispatched to help fight wildfires burning in Chelan and Kittitas counties. Benton County Fire District 1 sent one team last week and released a second team on Thursday. Franklin County Fire District 3 sent one truck up earlier this week.
More than 600 firefighters from around the Northwest are helping to fight the Table Mountain blaze, which is thought to be about 4 percent contained. It has not burned any homes yet, but about 161 homes north of Ellensburg are threatened, and residents are being urged to leave, The Associated Press reported.