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Obama signs disaster declaration for Washington

SEATTLE - The White House says President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for Washington.

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 Oklahoma City 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 is surveying damage and may designate more counties for assistance.


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