Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire.
And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who lost homes and property in the fire, according to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
Jaime Smith, a spokeswoman for Inslee, said no reason was given for the denial and that the decision came as “a little bit” of a surprise.
The governor’s office plans to appeal. Crews will head back out to homes and neighborhoods ravaged by the fire to try to gather more supporting evidence for the request, according to Smith.
“This is the worst wildfire that we have had, and the damage of course is pretty extensive,” Smith said Tuesday afternoon. “We do think we have a compelling case.”
Among other things, the aid would have provided rental assistance to those who had lost their homes, unemployment insurance, crisis counseling and grants to help people replace possessions.
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Interactive map of active fires around the state:
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