Texas asks for federal help dealing with 'major' wildfire disaster

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Posted on April 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has asked the White House to declare Texas a major disaster area as a result of unchecked wildfires across the state.

In an urgent letter to President Barack Obama, Perry said firefighters have already responded to 7,807 fires across the state that have burned more than 1,528,714 acres.

"As wildfires continue to rage across our state, Texas is reaching its capacity to respond to these emergencies and is in need of federal assistance," Perry said in a statement issued by his office. "I urge President Obama to approve our request quickly so Texans can continue receiving the resources and support they need as wildfires remain an ongoing threat."

The state's request for help includes a plea for firefighting aircraft, personnel and other assets.

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