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Gov. Perry Again Renews State Disaster Proclamation Due to Ongoing Wildfire Threat

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Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today renewed his emergency disaster proclamation for the sixth time since it was originally issued on Dec. 21, 2010, due to the ongoing threat of wildfires across the state. The renewed proclamation covers all 254 counties in Texas, and directs all necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts. Since the beginning of wildfire season, local and state firefighters have responded to more than 11,600 fires that have destroyed more than 460 homes and burned more than 2.8 million acres, an area the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

"I am thankful for the ongoing sacrifice from first responders as they continue fighting the wildfires that are ravaging Texas homes and property," Gov. Perry said. "I urge the federal government to quickly grant Texas the assistance we have requested - and that Texans deserve - to fight these fires. In the meantime, Texas will continue providing all resources possible to respond to one of the worst wildfire seasons in our state's history."

On April 15, Gov. Perry sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas, which would make the state eligible for Direct Federal Assistance and Emergency Protective Measures from the federal government. The Obama Administration denied the governor's request on May 3. Gov. Perry appealed the president's decision on May 26. To date, no decision has been received from the administration.

To view Gov. Perry's original request to President Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/16010/.

For more information on preparing for wildfire threats, please visit
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=8512.


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