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Friday, March 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gov. Inslee declares state of emergency due to wildfires


CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) – Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency across all Washington counties Saturday evening due growing wildfire concern.

KOMO-TV reports ( ) that families around the town of Cle Elum, about 83 miles (133 kilometers) southeast of Seattle, were still being evacuated due to the so-called Jolly Mountain fire.

Nearly 1,000 residences have been evacuated under level 3 —the most urgent level— and about 1,200 are under level 2 evacuation notices.

Stacy Walker and her family are packed up and ready to go. She says they’re completely surrounded.

There’s also a wildfire burning near Mount Rainier.

Some fear the Norse Peak Fire could threaten the Crystal Mountain Ski area.

A third blaze, the Uno Peak Fire, has forced the closure of the South Navarre Campground and trails in Lake Chelan.


Information from: KOMO-TV,


AP-WF-09-03-17 1604GMT

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