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President Trump approves Oregon request for major disaster declaration

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- President Trump on Tuesday approved Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's request for a major disaster declaration due to the state's deadly wildfires, clearing the way for more extensive federal assistance.

The governor and other officials were informed of the approval Tuesday afternoon.

The White House initially approved an emergency declaration last Thursday night, at the governor's request, to step up federal involvement in needed assistance.

Here's the Federal Emergency Management Agency's announcement, issued Tuesday:

WASHINGTON D.C. - FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on Sept. 7, 2020 and continuing. 

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures including congregate and non-congregate sheltering and direct federal assistance. 

Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding.  This assistance is for Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Dolph A. Diemont has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response and recovery operations in the affected area. Designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

News release from Rep. Greg Walden:

Greg Walden Statement on President Trump’s Rapid Approval of Major Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement applauding President Trump’s rapid approval of Oregon’s Major Disaster Declaration. This news comes just one day after Walden spoke with President Trump where he showed the President photos of the devastation in Oregon and urged him to quickly approve the state’s Major Disaster Declaration.

"On Monday, I spoke with President Trump and urged swift approval of Oregon’s Major Disaster Declaration and I am grateful for his quick response. This declaration will help make available assistance to individuals to help the fire devastated communities across the state recover and rebuild. The tragic wildfires in Oregon mean we all need to work together to help those who have lost so much. We will recover and rebuild and come back stronger - that is the Oregon way,” said Walden.

Yesterday, Walden also joined the Oregon Delegation in sending a letter to President Trump further urging the need to swiftly approve this Major Disaster Declaration. These funds will help individuals, the community, and the state recover and rebuild

Individuals in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties can register with FEMA the following ways:

Apply online at 

Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). 

  • For more information on individual assistance, click here. 
  • For more information on public assistance, click here.

For more information on FEMA and additional wildfire resources, click here.

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    1. Yes thanks, but according to Harris’s VP pick if Trump is reelected we’ll have super fires, record floods, and towns blown away from hurricanes. If this dimwit gets elected his first order of business is to hire a food tester.

      1. Wow! Just WOW! You can’t possibly believe that! Can you? The reason for these massive wildfires is the mismanagement of our forests do to the dimwitted eco conservationist policies that stopped all proper management of out forests. No Prescribed burns, no maintaining of fire breaks/roads no logging to thin the forest.
        You truly know nothing of the truth in the matter. Up until 1987 there wasn’t a wildfire larger than around 10,000 acres. Then came the conservationist policies. Since those policies were invoked fires began to rage in acreages of over 100,000. Over 30 years of mismanagement or lack of management of the forests has resulted in these huge conflagrations. You can hardly blame the President who has only been in politics for less than four years.
        By the way, President Trump just brokered the Historical Abraham Peace Accord in the middle east. You favorite Democrats, nor any other Republican, for that matter has ever been able to achieve that. President Trump is a great man. Peace in the Middle East will be Trumps finest accomplishment. So stick you hate back in your heart. Your hatred of good is showing loud and clear.
        Her’s the link to the video of our Great President’s signing ceremony.

        1. “Up until 1987 there wasn’t a wildfire larger than around 10,000 acres.”

          False. The largest Oregon wildfire I can find before 1987 is 287,000 acres, the Bandon Fire. There are several over 200,000 acres before 1987.

          So maybe you have a ways to go on the truth of the matter, yourself.

          And yeah, good on Trump for doing that. Those of us who weren’t born yesterday don’t believe it will last, but any step like this is welcome. Honestly, well done.

          The fact that you bring it up during a discussion of fires confirms the cult of personality that exists around Trump.

          1. Oooh- awwww- is that your “gotcha moment” that have’s you running around your smoke filled single wide in uncontrollable glee this morning ???

            Let’s hope not- the fact is Pre- 2000- the only real major wildfires to make the headlines were the Yacolt in 1902-Tillamook 1933-and Bandon 1936… 3 major fires in 85 years !

            Since 2000- under undeniable and misguided Democrat leadership in Oregon- we’ve suffered through 23 horrific fires starting with the Biscuit Fire in 2002 to the most recent catastrophic event in Santiam… with all the others about to earn their places in the history books when all is said and done.

            So let’s not cherry pick through 100 plus years of Oregon wildfires to make an idiotic political statement- the Disastrous Democrats have the title hands down- and the only reason you should be mentioning President Trump is to thank him for throwing more millions at “Hate Brown” to keep that yappy mutt in the corner and placated until Oregonians rise up and toss her out !

          2. Just another example of having to lie because the truth doesn’t support their agenda. You would think they, though, that they would at least lie about stuff that wasn’t so easily checked.

        2. “You truly know nothing of the truth in the matter. Up until 1987 there wasn’t a wildfire larger than around 10,000 acres.”

          I love how arrogant, stupid Trump supporters are always so damn confident in their bull****.

          1987 saw literally one of the worst Wildfires in Oregon and PNW history — Called the Siege of 1987:

        3. Replied too soon. Additional fire info prior to 1987:

          1.3million acre fire in 1950:

          750,000 acre fire in 1958:

          850,000 ins 1988:

          8.5 MILLION in 1989:

          The amount of large fires over 100,000 you’ve excluded while making your insanely false claim is no less than 50:

  1. Notice how Queen Brown stain couldn’t mention the president’s name in her “thank you” after all her smack talk as of late about Trump???
    If she really wants to make a difference in the battle against the forest fires…sign off on productive forest management ie: logging, thinning, prescribed burns, etc. No sense in saving the “old growth” forests that end up being burned in one of these catastrophic fires we are currently experiencing . As an added bonus, good paying jobs will be created.

    1. That’s what she should do but she won’t. She’s weak and non-confrontational, she couldn’t
      handle the backlash from the tree huggers and her fellow liberals…
      It’s ironic how the tree huggers that fought so hard to stop logging and save the old growth trees, actually ended up accelerating the loss of these old trees, as well as an awful
      lot of second and third growth timber…

    2. 60% of the Oregon forest lands are owned by the Federal government and 34% are privately owned. Walden stated the other day that the problem is both forest management and dryer conditions. The Republicans had the power to do something but all Trump has been able to do is accuse the Governors of not raking the forest floors.

      1. Simple analogy… That if you are my neighbor- and I see your house on fire- should I grab your garden hose and put it out- or sit back and say… “Gee- I’m not authorized to your garden hose” such a shame- there it goes up in flames- hope ya got fire insurance !

        My what a horrible and despicable neighbor you would be Martha !

  2. For the record…

    “The White House initially approved an emergency declaration last Thursday night, at the governor’s request, to step up federal involvement in needed assistance.”

    This President continues to ignore all the nasty comments- lies- and personal attacks heaped on him by Oregon’s tyrant and dictator- “Hate Brown” !

    Oregonians have proven to be an “irrational” bunch- much like black Americans- who for years supported the Demoncrats- even though they never did anything for them… It’s time to kick the Dumbocrap party to the side- they’ve all but destroyed the state- continue to make empty promises- and lie about everything under the sun- including this President… who could have dragged this on for months- figuring Oregon is a lost cause- think about that- he has faith in Oregon… but is Oregon willing to return the favor ?

    I seriously doubt it !

    1. “The President continues to ignore all the nasty comments, lies, and personal attacks”….??? That dude dishes out more nasty comments, lies, and person attacks than any other politician in US history.

          1. Are we talking about the US President ? The one that has been nominated for two- count em “two” Nobel Peace Prizes- and neither are based on the color of his skin or for promises yet to materialize (aka Obama) !

            President Trump clearly tolerates ingrates and ungrateful Oregonians like you. He has put aside petty political partisanship in order to make the lives of those victims of “Hate Brown’s” ongoing wildfires better- with millions in relief funds… that ‘Hate Brown” will probably use to buy off more TV air time to lie and make false accusations against the man who’s saving our state !

            The only disgusting human I see around here are posters like you with you wild anger and contempt for our President- one of the most popular we’ve had in decades… his current approval rating at Rasmussen has him 4 points higher than that Obama clown… and this President has done it without roof top hits and a bottle of hooch in his pocket !

              1. So being an Oregonian- why would he send emergency relief- aid packages- and money in the millions… if he doesn’t care ?

                There’s your catch 22 for the day ! I see them piling up these past few weeks- you might want give the comments section a rest for awhile- yer being humiliated !

                1. He’s not sending relief here because of Oregon. He’s sending it so Biden doesn’t drag him through the mud in battleground states for _not_ doing it. Oregon, with it’s 7 measly votes and Trump’s previous 10-point loss here make it not worthwhile.

                  Also, don’t flatter yourself; you’re not capable of humiliating anyone.

    1. Yer right… Ol “wandering hands Joe” is more like plain Ol “Wondering Joe” !

      The guy is clearly ready for the Sr Citizens home- and nurse Ratchet !

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