FEMA denies appeal for wildfire victim funding - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FEMA denies appeal for wildfire victim funding

Posted: Updated:
Aid work continues in Okanogan County despite lack of federal help Aid work continues in Okanogan County despite lack of federal help
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was informed Tuesday that The Federal Emergency Management Agency known as FEMA denied the state's appeal for individual funding for fire victims. 

On September 10th, Governor Inslee appealed FEMA's decision to deny individual federal relief funds. In a letter to the Governor, FEMA stated the damage and impact was not severe enough for individual relief. FEMA did grant federal funding to Okanogan County for emergency management and to help fix public facilities damaged by the Carlton Complex fire. 

The fire burned more than 255,000 acres and grew to be Washington's largest wildfire ever.

Representatives with the Washington state emergency management office say that individual FEMA disaster funding is only available to those who don't have insurance. Mark Stewart tells KHQ that most of the people who suffered losses were insured. 

KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with people affected by the fire in Okanogan County after the denial. 

Deb Stennes works as a volunteer at the fire relief center in Pateros. She says, "a lot of people feel forgotten. I'm seeing a lot of despair and a lot of anger." Stennes says the center serves anywhere from 30-100 people per day still in need of supplies.

Heather Carrington who also works at the center says that the denial of the appeal was the topic of conversation in Pateros Wednesday morning. "That's what we were all talking about." Carrington says. "We can't sit here and dwell on it. We have to move on because too many people need to much help still."

Officials with the state emergency management office say the office is working with the county and the Governor to find other means of funding for folks affected by the fire, mainly for those who did not have insurance.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:14:31 GMT
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
  • Cold Case: The Missing Wedding Guest

    Cold Case: The Missing Wedding Guest

    Sunday, September 23 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-09-24 03:39:50 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - It's been nearly two years since anyone has seen or heard from Paul Brazeau. He was last seen at his son's wedding. His brokenhearted family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner with a letter asking for his case to be featured in our Q6 Cold Case series. The day Paul vanished started out so wonderful. "It was a happy day," said Paul's aunt Georgine Glatt. 

    >>

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - It's been nearly two years since anyone has seen or heard from Paul Brazeau. He was last seen at his son's wedding. His brokenhearted family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner with a letter asking for his case to be featured in our Q6 Cold Case series. The day Paul vanished started out so wonderful. "It was a happy day," said Paul's aunt Georgine Glatt. 

    >>
  • State defends no-jail sentence in Anchorage assault case

    State defends no-jail sentence in Anchorage assault case

    Sunday, September 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-09-23 23:06:59 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Law stood by a judge’s sentence that calls for no jail time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious. Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. A kidnapping charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. 

    >>

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Law stood by a judge’s sentence that calls for no jail time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious. Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. A kidnapping charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Detroit ballpark worker videoed apparently spitting on pizza

    Detroit ballpark worker videoed apparently spitting on pizza

    Monday, September 24 2018 11:18 AM EDT2018-09-24 15:18:55 GMT

    DETROIT - A food service worker at Comerica Park in Detroit has been fired after a video was posted online allegedly showing him spitting on a pizza.

    >>

    DETROIT - A food service worker at Comerica Park in Detroit has been fired after a video was posted online allegedly showing him spitting on a pizza. WXYZ-TV reports the video was visible on Instagram over the weekend and shows an employee spitting on the pizza intended for customers. WWJ-AM reports officials at the home of the Detroit Tigers determined the video was recorded Friday, when the team hosted the Kansas City Royals.

    >>
  • Deputy AG Rosenstein heading to White House expecting to be fired

    Deputy AG Rosenstein heading to White House expecting to be fired

    Monday, September 24 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-09-24 15:10:53 GMT

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expecting to be fired Monday at the White House, after critical comments about President Donald Trump. That's according to a source familiar with his thinking who wasn't authorized to speak on the record and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.  

    >>

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expecting to be fired Monday at the White House, after critical comments about President Donald Trump. That's according to a source familiar with his thinking who wasn't authorized to speak on the record and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.  

    >>
  • Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'TWERK,' 'EW' to official play

    Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'TWERK,' 'EW' to official play

    Monday, September 24 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-09-24 14:46:20 GMT
    Count up your points, the Scrabble dictionary has been updated with some long awaited words.  Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" early Monday morning.  The top additions are "EW", "ZEN" and the ever popular "O-K". They also added the word "TWERK" and "EMOJI" as well. Merriam-Webster has been adding to its Scrabble dictionary every four to eight years since 19...>>
    Count up your points, the Scrabble dictionary has been updated with some long awaited words.  Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" early Monday morning.  The top additions are "EW", "ZEN" and the ever popular "O-K". They also added the word "TWERK" and "EMOJI" as well. Merriam-Webster has been adding to its Scrabble dictionary every four to eight years since 19...>>