Governor Perry renews request for fire aid (6th request since December)
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.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Governor Rick Perry renewed his disaster proclamation Saturday for a sixth time since it was originally issued in December of 2010.
Perry’s office issued a release Saturday saying the renewal was due to ongoing threat from wildfires across the state.
The proclamation covers 254 counties in Texas and allows for necessary resources to help fight the fires and aid in response efforts.
“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.”
In an April 15th letter sent to President Barack Obama , seeking federal aid, Texas was denied federal aid.
Obama Administration Sent Aid to Mexico to Fight Wildfires But Not Texas
The Obama Administration sent aid to Mexico to battle a 386 square mile fire but refused to consider the 2.5 million acre fire in Texas a disaster area.
KTRH reported, via Free Republic:
Just last month the U.S. sent two Air force cargo planes to help Mexico battle back wildfires in the northern part of it’s country, fires that burned 386 square miles. It’s a move that West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton) thinks is a hypocritical one by the Obama administration as Texas has requested the same sort of federal aid but has been denied it.
“386 square miles pales with the 2.5 million acres of land that have been burned and scorched beyond recognition,” says Canseco.
And Former FEMA Director Michael Brown thinks that a “snub” like this reeks of politics as he believes Texas deserves a similar response from the federal government.
“I think what’s going on is we see the Chicago style politics. I’m amazed that he’s put FEMA in this awkward position of not allowing federal assistance,” says Brown.
President Obama was in Texas this week for a fundraiser.