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Good and bad news for White Swan fire victims

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WHITE SWAN, Wash- There's more bad news for the victims of February's devastating fire in White Swan.  The federal government has denied the Yakama Nation's request for funds to help rebuild.

The fire destroyed 21 homes and displaced about 120 people.  Tribal Council Chair Harry Smiskin says the Yakama Nation will appeal FEMA's decision. 

But there is some good news.  The Yakama Nation housing authority has secured seven more FEMA trailers to house fire victims.  That gives them enough trailers and houses for everyone who lost their home in the fire. But they are still working on preparing the land where they will put the trailers.

"Engineering and grading work that has to be done to ensure that these are properly situated and attached to the ground", explained Jim Berg, Executive Director of the Yakama nation Housing Authority.

"We don't want to make promises and stuff until we get everything together", added David Ambrose, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority,

Berg did say that a few lots could be ready in three weeks.  However victims may not have to wait for that.  The Housing Authority wants to people who own land put the trailers on their own property.  The tribal council would have to approve that decision.