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New ways to prepare for, live with wildfire

New ways to prepare for, live with wildfire

With two consecutive years of record-breaking wildfires and severely dry conditions throughout the West, local, state and federal officials are all calling for a new approach to address what Gov. Jay Inslee termed “the new phenomenon of megafires.” Recommended policy changes call for everything from intensive …
County, cities get FEMA aid to rebuild infrastructure

County, cities get FEMA aid to rebuild infrastructure

In a replay of last year’s response to requests for assistance with recovery from wildfire, Pres. Obama has approved federal aid to help public entities rebuild, but denied assistance to individuals and households. Obama issued separate decisions …
Governor seeks federal aid for local governments, individuals, businesses

Governor seeks federal aid for local governments, individuals, businesses

Destruction from wildfire and wind this summer was so severe that Gov. Jay Inslee has asked for federal disaster assistance to help the majority of counties in the state repair roads, powerlines and other infrastructure. Inslee submitted the request to President Barack Obama for major disaster declarations for 20 counties and eight tribes on Oct. 7....
PUD must replace burned power poles before winter

PUD must replace burned power poles before winter

Although the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) was able to restore power fairly quickly after the August wildfires, 280 of the utility’s poles were so badly damaged that they have to be replaced before winter. The repairs will require one or two daytime power outages to make the repairs safely, according to General Manager...
County, state adding up fire damage for FEMA applications

County, state adding up fire damage for FEMA applications

Okanogan County officials have begun adding up the devastation for potential application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for two types of disaster declarations. If approved, one would reimburse the county, cities and electric utilities for expenses connected with the Okanogan Complex Fire, and the other would assist …
County, state getting federal help with costs of firefighting and suppression

County, state getting federal help with costs of firefighting and suppression

Okanogan County and Washington state are getting help from the federal government to pay firefighting costs and to combat blazes with planes, helicopters and National Guard troops. The regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that the Okanogan Complex Fire threatened such destruction that it constituted a major …

Twisp police chief ready to train citizens for emergency response team

By Laurelle Walsh
To prepare for future large-scale emergencies, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow says his community needs to be able to survive for three days before outside agencies come in with assistance. Last summer’s fires “brought the issue into the forefront,” Budrow said.
FEMA says ‘no’ – again – to individual disaster assistance

FEMA says ‘no’ – again – to individual disaster assistance

By Marcy Stamper
Finding that “the impact to individuals and households from this event [the wildfire] was not of the severity or magnitude to warrant the designation,” the federal administrator for disaster …
FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

By Marcy Stamper
In stark numbers and emotional accounts, the governor toughened his case for a disaster declaration to help individuals and families affected by the summer’s wildfires. New numbers included …
Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

By Marcy Stamper

Gov. Jay Inslee has appealed the denial of a major disaster declaration that would help individuals affected by the summer’s wildfires. The appeal was submitted Tuesday (Sept. 9). If approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program would allow people affected by the fire to …