Concerns the massive wildfire near Cle Elum would merge into a 'monster fire' may come true, and fire crews say that would be beneficial in helping to battle the fires. Joe Anderson, Table Mountain Fire Team Spokesperson.

Firefighters tell our news partner KIMA Action News it'd be easier to get a handle on the fires if they meet. Flames would have no fuel to keep burning. Crews began lighting controlled burns near Liberty. The goal is to keep the fire away from homes nearby and on Highway 97. It's a day and night operation to beat this monster back. The command center for the Table Mountain fire has at least 900 fire stationed. Some came from as far as Maine and Florida. All of them working 14 to 16 hours a day.