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Washington state wildfire threatens two historic towns

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A wildfire burning east of Seattle is threatening two historic mining towns.

Residents of Roslyn and Ronald are being warned to be ready to flee if the Jolly Mountain Fire approaches from the north.

The towns are about 80 miles east of Seattle. A couple of thousand people live in the towns and surrounding area.

They're under a Level 2 evacuation notice. That means people should be ready to flee at a moment's notice.

Just down the road near Interstate 90, the city of Cle Elum is under a less-urgent Level 1 notice. The Suncadia Resort, which is adjacent to Roslyn, is also under Level 1 notice.

Emergency officials say the Jolly Mountain Fire made big runs down valleys overnight Friday and by Saturday morning had burned nearly 15,000 acres.

Roslyn is known as the stand-in for a fictional town in Alaska in the 1990s TV show “Northern Exposure.” Opening scenes showed a town café, and action often took place in the historic Brick tavern, a town landmark.

Roslyn was founded as a coal-mining town in the late 1800s.

Washington's biggest wildfire is burning in the Pasayten Wilderness in the northcentral part of the state.

That fire had burned nearly 60,000 acres by Saturday morning.