Texans who have suffered through the worst fire season on record finally receive some good news today. Some of the tax dollars we have sent to Washington are coming back to assist those devastated by wildfires.
Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted Gov. Perry’s repeated request to expand its major disaster declaration to include 119 Texas counties eligible for wildfire assistance, and extend the incident period from April 6, 2011, through August 29, 2011. The original declaration issued by FEMA only covered 45 counties.
The 2011 wildfire season has been one of the most catastrophic on record with about 30,000 fires scorching nearly 4 million acres. The cost of these fires continues to add up, with current estimates at $330 million.
Please continue to look for opportunities to help to help the families who are forced to rebuild what the fires destroyed. We also extend our sincerest thanks to the firefighters who stood strong and fought valiantly to save so many lives, homes and properties.
For more information on the disaster declaration, here is a link to Gov. Perry’s press release.