FEMA authorizes funds to help fight three Washington fires
BOTHELL, Wash. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help fight the Hawk Fire in Yakima County and Yakama Nation, the Cougar Creek Fire in Chelan County, and the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas and Grant counties.
FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare approved the requests for grants on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Hawk Fire started on Friday and had burned in excess of 1,500 acres of tribal lands under the jurisdiction of the Yakama Nation Fire and Yakima County Fire District 5.
The Cougar Creek Fire in Chelan County started July 28 but had spread by Saturday as a result of gusting winds, threatening homes in and around the communities of Ardenvoir, Plain and Entiat. Also threatened at the time of the state’s request were Chelan Public Utility District power lines, Chelan Public Works Staging Station and multiple roads. Mandatory evacuations had been issued.
The Grass Valley Fire, burning in Douglas and Grant counties, started on Saturday and had burned in excess of 60,000 acres of federal and private land. Mandatory evacuations had been issued.
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