President Obama's Administration notified Gov. Jay Inslee today that he has approved assistance for Okanogan County and confederated Colville tribes for repairing or replacing public infrastructure lost as a result of recent wildfires. This public assistance was one part of the federal disaster declaration request by Gov. Inslee last week.

The President ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires during the period of July 9 to August 5.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. The funds will be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires in Okanogan County and the Colville Reservation.

In addition, federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout Washington state.

Michael J. Hall was named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

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