After months of inaction by Trump, Biden approves disaster assistance for Washington wildfires including Malden

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday declared last year’s wildfires in Washington state a major disaster, approving public assistance funds requested by Gov. Jay Inslee after blazes devastated communities across the state, including the towns of Malden and Pine City.

Former President Donald Trump held up the requests for more than four months over a feud with Inslee, a Democrat, despite pleas from Republicans and Democrats who represent Washington in Congress. Biden’s approval applies to nine counties as well as the Yakama Nation and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

A request for individual assistance for Whitman County, which could help displaced residents of Malden and Pine City

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