WASHINGTON D.C. - The Federal Emergency Management Administration announced Feb. 4 that President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for the Colville Confederated Tribes, Yakama Nation and the nine eastern Washington counties affected by wildfires and straight-line winds in early September.

A FEMA release reads, “Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and straight-line winds for Douglas, Franklin, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Whitman, and Yakima counties and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.”

The Associated Press has reported Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for individual assistance for residents in Whitman County who were displaced by the wildfires was denied, Feb. 8.

On the Colville Reservation, 80 homes were burned and over 200,000 acres in the Inchelium Complex of Fires and the Cold Springs Fire that erupted over Labor Day Weekend.

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