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THE CANADIAN RECORD
THURSDAY "7 FEBRUARY ZOOS
Governor Perry requests Presidential disaster
declaration as extreme wildfire danger continues
AUSTIN - In a letter sent to President
George W. Bush last week, Gov. Rick Perry
requested a Presidential Disaster Declara-
tion for the State of Texas as a result of wide-
spread wildfires and continuing fire danger
across the state. The governor identified 184
Texas counties—including Hemphill and sev-
eral other Panhandle counties—presently
threatened or impacted by wildf ires. To date,
75 wildfires have burned approximately
70,000 acres and destroyed 60 homes and
"Texas is thankful to the brave men and
women from fire departments across the
state who are battling these fires on the front
lines," said Gov. Perry. "As wildfires continue
to rage across our state, Texas is reaching its
capacity to respond to these emergencies and
s in need of federal assistance."
A Presidential Disaster Declaration
makes the state eligible for financial assis-
tance from the federal government. Texas'
Presidential Disaster Declaration request
•Individual Assistance including the Indi-
vidual & Households Program, Disaster Un-
employment Assistance, Crisis Counseling,
and Small Business Administration Disaster
Loans and U.S. Department of Agriculture
•Public Assistance, which includes debris
removal, emergency protective measures and
repair of damage to public structures; and
•Hazard M itigation statewide, which en-
tails actions to strengthen nfrastructure
against future disasters.
A series of fronts producing high wind
and low humid ity has moved across the state,
creating extremely dry conditions favorable
for wildfires, which are expected to continue
through next week.
"I urge all Texans to continue to exercise
great caution at this time, and observe burn
bans and other warnings to ensure the safety
of themselves and their fami es," said Gov.
Gov. Perry activated firefighting resourc-
es from around the state, including 10 UH-60
helicopters and 2 CH-47 helicopters, to aid lo-
cal officials in response efforts.
Additionally, Gov. Perry authorized the
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utilization of the following resources:
•Texas Forest Service established an
area command n Granbury to coordinate
response in North Texas, and deploy air at-
tack resources to the area. An additional six
aircraft were requested from the U.S. Forest
•Civil Air Patrol was activated to provide
air reconnaissance as requested to support
•Volunteer organizations, including the
Salvation Army and the American Red
Cross, are providing shelter and assistance
•Texas Department of Transportation is
providing fuel support for volunteer fire de-
partments and is using its messaging signs to
alert the public of the fire danger.
Additionally, the governor amended his
original disaster proclamation, issued Tues-
day, January 29, to nclude Bailey, Blanco,
Borden, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Callah-
an, Cherokee, Coleman, Col n, Dawson, Du-
val, Falls, Floyd, Gaines, Gillespie, Glasscock,
Gonzales, Hopkins, Houston, Jack, Lubbock,
Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Reeves, Rusk,
Terrell, Walker, Williamson and Zapata
The State Operations Center remains at
the highest level of activation to monitor the
situation. The Governor's Division of Emer-
gency Management is coordinating state sup-
port for local officials.
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Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 118, No. 06, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 7, 2008, newspaper, February 7, 2008; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth252690/m1/5/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.