Obama signs wildfire disaster declaration for Wash. state

Obama signs wildfire disaster declaration for Wash. state
Fire rages at the Devil's Elbow Complex, August 9, 2014. Photo: P. Gibson.
SEATTLE - The White House says President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for Washington state.

It orders federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from July 9 to August 5.

It specifically mentions Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation and says federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation in all areas within the state.

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