USA — Gov. Rick Perry has appealed to President Barack Obama to declare the state a major disaster area as wildfires strike or threaten all but two of the state’s 254 counties.
A statement issued Sunday by Perry requested the aid in a letter dispatched Saturday afternoon. Perry’s office says more than 7,800 fires across the states have charred more than 1.5 million acres about 2,400 square miles while burning 244 homes and threatening more than 8,500 others.
A “major disaster declaration” would make the state eligible for help in responding to and recovering from the emergency.