Inslee to appeal federal denial of homeowner aid

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee says he will appeal a decision by the federal government to deny assistance to homeowners who were affected by recent wildfires in Washington state.

Inslee said that he was notified Tuesday of the decision on the state's request for individuals to receive federal assistance through the major disaster declaration that President Barack Obama signed on Monday.

More than 300 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires, and the cost of destroyed properties in Okanogan County alone is estimated at more than $28 million, Inslee's office said.

Separately, the state was approved for public assistance for Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, which means federal reimbursement of 75 percent of disaster-related costs spent by the county and tribes spent on things like roads, bridges and public utilities.

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