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WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Tennessee following the devastating wildfires in the eastern part of the state in late November and early December.

In his disaster declaration, Obama also ordered federal aid to add onto the state and local recovery efforts that are ongoing.

This means people in Sevier County who were affected by the fires are eligible for federal funding, which can be used for things such as temporary housing, home repairs and loans to cover losses, according to a statement from the White House.

The aid can also help support recovery programs.

More counties may be added after damage surveys are complete, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.