FEMA rejects request for individual assistance in Malden fire

Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for individual assistance for residents in Whitman County who became displaced after wildfires devastated their communities this summer has been denied, according to a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

The decision was announced less than a week after President Joe Biden declared last year’s wildfires in Washington a major disaster and approved public assistance funds for the state. The individual assistance would have gone a step further to specifically help residents of Malden and Pine City find temporary housing and rebuild their lives.

The assistance was denied because the effects to the individuals affected “was not of such severity and magnitude to warrant

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