Table Mountain Fire: 100-percent containment expected Friday

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Full containment could come Friday for the Table Mountain Fire that still burns more than 40,000 acres outside Cle Elum.

It's been a long road for firefighters battling the wildfire that started almost one month ago.

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for neighbors in the foothills north of Ellensburg.

Bob Lund, his wife, five horse and three dogs recently returned to their home.

"When you're in farm’s daylight to dawn," said Lund. "And, you have to be here seven days a week."

But for five days, and four long nights, Bob and his wife had to leave their ranch and most of their animals behind.

"During the fire, we were concerned that [the horses] might panic, so we put our name and phone number on there," Lund said.

And waited in uncertainty.

"You look at the skies and it turns completely Black like a volcano coming up," said Lund.

Bob's home and hundreds of others were threatened as the Table Mountain Fire burned out of control.

Firefighters have steadily chipped away for weeks edging on full containment.

"We need to determine that the fire, there's no chance of the fire jumping outside the fire lines," said Table Mountain Fire Spokesperson Juanita Wright. "That will consider it 100-percent contained."

Four cabins and out buildings were destroyed.

Because of intentional burn outs, the Table Mountain Fire eventually merged with the Wenatchee Complex Fire, and created a monstrous blaze that burned 90,000 acres.

The two are no longer burning as one.

For Bob's family business, it's catch up time; the fire put him two weeks behind schedule.

But Lund said it's better than losing it all.

"That's the take home message out of this; fear has a purpose," Lund said.

And he plans to be better prepared if a wildfire ever comes knocking on his door again.

The town of Liberty remains under a level-two evacuation. That means only those who live there can get in.

Firefighting has also shifted to rehab efforts, with seeding and ensuring containment lines won't lead to future flooding or landslides. Crews began mopping up two days ago.