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August 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Some federal disaster assistance OK’d for wildfires

Washington state will get at least part of the federal disaster assistance it had asked for to help rebuild from this summer’s wildfires.

The federal government Monday evening notified Gov. Jay Inslee’s office that Washington qualifies for money to help rebuild roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged during fires that swept through Okanogan County and the Colville Indian Reservation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay back 75 percent of the costs of such damage, which early estimates peg at about $35 million, according to a statement by the governor’s office. Still under review by FEMA is direct aid to people who lost homes during the fire, according to the statement.

But, “This is good news for our local government leaders who have been managing significant damage as a result of these fires,” Inslee said in the statement.

Fires continue to burn across the state, and this year’s wildfire season is already stacking up to be destructive and expensive.

Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: disaster assistance, FEMA, Jay Inslee


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