White House approves Major Disaster declaration for Oregon [Video]


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House has approved a Major Disaster declaration for the devastating wildfires burning in Oregon, according to Rep. Peter DeFazio.

Gov. Kate Brown requested the declaration, which will make more Federal aid available to the state and provide resources for communities to rebuild.

DeFazio said he received confirmation from Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Tuesday afternoon.

The White House initially approved an emergency declaration on Thursday night. That allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide help to Oregon and included temporary housing for displaced evacuees. It also allowed additional fire resources to be called in.

Last week, about 10% of Oregon was under some level of evacuation order, according to Gov. Kate Brown. More than 900,000 acres burned across the state in 72 hours. Over a 10 year average, Oregon sees roughly 500,000 acres burned a year.