FEMA has authorized the use of federal funds to help finance firefighting costs on both the Yale and Wellesley fires burning in Spokane County.

FEMA Region 10 Administrator Kenneth Murphy approved requests from Washington State for support on both fires just after noon Monday.

The Yale Fire is threatening 250 homes in and around Valleyford, along with businesses and power transmission lines in the area. Approximately 1,000 residents are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuations.

The Wellesley Fire has burned in excess of 250 acres of state and private lands and is threatening 225 homes in the Orchard Prairie and Pasadena Park communities, along with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railways, businesses and power transmission lines. Approximately 900 people are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders as of early Monday afternoon.

The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75-percent of eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. It does not, however, provide assistance to individuals, homeowners or business owners impacted by the fires nor does it cover infrastructure damage.