President Obama signs Washington emergency declaration for wildfires

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Washington State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State

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Emergency Declaration Includes Grays Harbor County, 16 Others

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency Wednesday for storms that hit Washington in December.

The declaration means state agencies can spend money beyond budget appropriations to offer aid. Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the statement also may bring in federal money.

The declaration covers storm damage Dec. 8-18 in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

Snow, high winds and heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and power outages.