Since Nov. 2010, Texas has dealt with over 9,000 fires that have destroyed over 400 homes and 2.2 million acres. On Dec. 21, 2010, Governor Perry issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation, and reinstated the proclamation on 1/19, 2/17, 3/18, and 4/15.
The Obama administration has denied Texas’ plea for a Major Disaster Declaration. Such a declaration would provide federal assistance and assets in combating the blazes, included aviation and firefighting resources.
Perry reported he’s “dismayed that this administration has denied Texans the much needed assistance they deserve. It is not only the obligation of the federal government, but its responsibility under law to help its citizens in times of emergency."