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August 12, 2014 at 7:58 AM

White House OKs funds for wildfire infrastructure repairs

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s office says the Obama administration has approved federal assistance for Okanogan County and the Colville confederated tribes to help repair or replace public infrastructure lost in this summer’s wildfires.

That assistance is one part of a federal disaster declaration request Inslee made last week. The administration has not yet made a decision on assistance to individuals and households. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials indicate they are still reviewing that portion of the governor’s request.

The assistance approved Monday means FEMA will reimburse Okanogan County and the Colvilles for 75 percent of the costs of eligible expenses related to disaster-damaged facilities such as roads, bridges and public utilities.

Preliminary estimates show the fires have caused about $35 million in damage.

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