Bulletin staff report

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is working with the state of Oregon to identify businesses and nonprofits that suffered economically from the slate of late-summer wildfires in Central Oregon.

The sheriff’s office announced Friday that office’s emergency management unit is accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is operated by the Small Business Administration and provides assistance for businesses or nonprofits that suffered economic losses from major events or disasters.

Small businesses and qualifying nonprofits in Deschutes County are eligible to apply for the loans if they suffered economic damage associated with smoke from wildfires from Aug 17 through early September, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Businesses or nonprofits that are interested in applying must email their contact information and the name of their organization to EmergencyMgt@deschutes.org by Oct. 13. The sheriff’s office is seeking five to 10 more applicants, according to the release.

For more information on the loans, visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans.