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[TX Gov] Rick Perry asks for federal help in wildfire fight
Houston Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2011 | AP

Posted on 04/18/2011 1:47:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

AUSTIN — 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.

.."major disaster declaration" would make the state eligible for help in responding to and recovering from the emergency.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fires; nationaldisaster; texas; texaswildfires; tx; wildfires

N.L. "Boss" Winter, 105, and his daughters, Marie Hogue, left, and Betty Rash Whigham, visit the burned remains of the home where he grew up in Stonewall County, Texas, on Tuesday. The home, which stood since 1910, burned in a massive wildfire last week. Story

Video: Firefighter: "A lot of fire and not enough of us" -- [excerpt] "..Just last week alone more than a million acres burned.

The Texas Forest Service say they have more than a thousand firefighters including some Texas National guardsman on the front line of these wildfires doing everything they can to get them under control.

More than 230 wildfires across the state have broken out in just the last week.

Abilene Regional is the only airport in the entire state firefighting aircraft are flying in and out to fight these fires.

In one day alone pilots flew 209 hours in the air and dumped over 300 thousand pounds of fire retardant.

The Texas Forest Service say these fires started from either lightning, illegal burning, pipe cutting, and suspected arson...." [end excerpt]

West Texas ranchers lose cattle, livelihood to fires [excerpt]"....At least 40 homes have been destroyed by the flames. No people have died, but the fires have killed at least 151 head of cattle and nine horses and laid waste to thousands of acres of grasslands -- a precious resource for the region's ranchers.

The Rock House fire advanced 30 miles in a matter of hours, overtaking the town of Fort Davis and the ranches beyond it.

Some ranchers in the area lost up to 95 percent of their land to the flames, said Logan Boswell, the Jeff Davis County extension agent tracking livestock affected by the fires.

Between 400,000 and 500,000 cattle have been injured by the fire but survived, he said.

Flames even singed McKnight's eyebrows and hair as he, his wife and friends from the fire department in neighboring Valentine fought the blaze encircling his home for hours.

"It was a little scary, but when your house is behind you, it kind of feels like the Alamo," McKnight said.

Although the efforts saved his house, the blaze destroyed McKnight's 100-year-old childhood home nearby.

The flames blackened the southern half of the 1,000-plus-acre ranch his family has owned for generations. Three of his horses died, but his cattle were spared.

Elsewhere, the blaze took a similarly random path. On some streets, homes untouched by the fire stood next to properties gutted to their skeletal frames. [end excerpt]

Near Gorman, TX

Crews battle destructive wildfires in East Texas [excerpt] LUFKIN, Texas — West and Central Texas hasn't been alone in enduring destructive wildfires.

At least one home has been destroyed in wildfires dotting the Piney Woods of East Texas.

A statement from the Texas Forest Service says the one home destroyed was in a seven-acre fire in Nacogdoches County that threatened 20 to 30 homes in a pine plantation before firefighters tamed it.

About 100 miles north of Houston, Trinity County saw a pair of forest fires with flames moving from treetop to treetop. [end excerpt]

Austin fire: 1 charged in fire ".....Firefighters across the state have been battling wildfires for weeks, and Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday appealed to President Barack Obama to declare the state a major disaster area, as fires have struck or threaten all but two of the state's 254 counties...."


About 100 firefighters responded to the Oak Hill fire Sunday. Above, Lake Travis firefighter Nick Biagini douses a destroyed home on Callbram Lane. Below, another home on the street.

Perry Requests Disaster Declaration From President"AUSTIN -- In a letter sent to President Barack Obama late Saturday afternoon, Gov. Rick Perry requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas as a result of widespread wildfires and continuing fire danger across the state. The governor identified 252 Texas counties presently threatened or impacted by wildfires. Since the wildfire season began, Texas has responded to 7,807 fires across the state that have burned more than 1,528,714 acres and destroyed 244 homes. Rescue efforts have saved 8,514 threatened homes.

“Texas is thankful to the brave men and women across the state who are battling these fires on the front lines and providing support to wildfire victims,” said Gov. Perry. “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. 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.”

A Major Disaster Declaration makes the state eligible for response and recovery assistance from the federal government. Texas’ request includes: • Direct Federal Assistance including aviation assets and wildland, structural and wildland/urban interface firefighting resources to state and local agencies in support of firefighting operations, and • Emergency Protective Measures – measures taken before, during and after a disaster to save lives, protect public health and safety, and protect improved public and private property.

The governor issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on Dec. 21, 2010, which was renewed on Jan. 19, February 17, March 18 and April 15. This proclamation remains in effect as extreme wildfire conditions persist. [end excerpt]

More explosive fire potential expected in W Texas [excerpt] DALLAS — Texas forestry officials say the potential for wildfires was expected to remain explosive in West and northwest Texas.

A Texas Forest Service statement says winds of 20-25 mph and gusts to 35 to 40 mph was expected across West and northwest Texas, including the rolling plains of the upper Brazos Valley south to the Edwards Plateau. Those areas will also see relative humidity readings in the single digits.

A breezy Monday also was expected in East and South Texas, but explosive wildfire potential was expected as humidity readings were expected to reach the 30 to 50 percent range. [end excerpt]

Office of the Governor Rick Perry

1 posted on 04/18/2011 1:47:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Soulmentor/texas-wildfires-2011-video_n_847776_84847963.html

A commenter to the HuffPo site flips Texas “rednecks” the bird and tells us to pay for our own losses and don’t use “my tax dollars.”

Perhaps we should keep our Texas dollars in Texas.


2 posted on 04/18/2011 1:53:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Sunday: April 17, 2011 -- Obama Heads Out For Some Sports “This is the forecast for Washington, DC this afternoon--Plentiful sunshine. High 64F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph--And this is the forecast for President Obama this afternoon: Golf -- He’s got the usual crew in tow…..

In Wake of Massive Tornadoes, Media Avoids Reporting on Obama's 64th Round of Golf Today

After 45 Americans Are Killed in Tornadoes… Obama Goes Golfing


Official White House photo by Pete Souza

April 17, 2011: Official: 5 troops killed in Afghanistan bombing are all Americans

3 posted on 04/18/2011 2:11:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Now, if a personal friend of Obama’s, say in Cambridge, was arrested for breaking and entering, we’d be watching a news conference by a defiant president, followed up by a “beer” summit.


4 posted on 04/18/2011 2:19:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How dare Perry ask for help.... The Resident of the United States is golfing.

(Side note: My prayers are with the people Texas)


5 posted on 04/18/2011 2:21:42 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: rambo316
We live about a mile from the homes that burned in Oak Hill (southwest Austin) so we had a tense Sunday afternoon. It started with a robocall that told us there was a public emergency in the area and we should evacuate.

At least ten homes are destroyed and many more damaged. The fire was started by a homeless man having a BBQ. He turned himself in. 100 acres charred, no loss of life, thank God. Very frightening in a densely populated neighborhood. The C-130s were circling right over our house. Helicopters were dropping water all afternoon.

No surprise to me that the liberals are celebrating that Texas is burning. They'll get their turn in hell.

6 posted on 04/18/2011 4:31:29 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: rambo316
We live about a mile from the homes that burned in Oak Hill (southwest Austin) so we had a tense Sunday afternoon. It started with a robocall that told us there was a public emergency in the area and we should evacuate.

At least ten homes are destroyed and many more damaged. The fire was started by a homeless man having a BBQ. He turned himself in. 100 acres charred, no loss of life, thank God. Very frightening in a densely populated neighborhood. The C-130s were circling right over our house. Helicopters were dropping water all afternoon.

No surprise to me that the liberals are celebrating that Texas is burning. They'll get their turn in hell.

7 posted on 04/18/2011 4:32:02 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: austingirl

Bump!


8 posted on 04/18/2011 4:37:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: austingirl

Perry kicked sand in 0’s face every chance he got.

We will now see something important happen in the next few days.

Does the President care about the people or is Obama “Fed UP” and make it all about politics?


9 posted on 04/18/2011 4:45:18 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: hadaclueonce

The “Chicago Way” would be to put Perry’s request on ignore.

We shall see.


10 posted on 04/18/2011 4:47:55 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: hadaclueonce

I grew up in corrupt Crook County, Illinois (chicago). So glad I got myself to Texas. I think you’re right. Thuggery and cronyism is the way for BO.


11 posted on 04/18/2011 4:54:00 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When we learn that the fires result from illegal’s camps, there will be hell to pay.

Illegal women and teenage children burn Texas to the ground.


12 posted on 04/18/2011 4:58:35 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: austingirl

Even if B0 does nothing today, will prove me correct. Political “B” Slap.


13 posted on 04/18/2011 5:03:57 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

California would respond with a massive amount of help by experienced and able personnel and equipment, but only if we thought that we would get them to come back......


14 posted on 04/18/2011 5:10:25 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: fantail 1952

We know you would — as well as Arizonians and a lot of other good people in the U.S.


15 posted on 04/18/2011 5:20:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bert

Lots of fires.

Lots of causes.

Waiting for the “global climate disruption” charges to begin.


16 posted on 04/18/2011 5:22:00 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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bfl


17 posted on 04/18/2011 5:43:27 AM PDT by shield (Rev2:9 Blasphemy of them which say they're Israelites, and are not, but are the synaGOGue of Satan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I recently watched a video of Texas Politicians Asking for secession. They stated they hated the Federal Government and the flag because it represents the Federal Government. I have no problem with assisting during this disaster. However I would hope that all Texans stop for a minute and think about reality. Texas used stimulus funds to keep their state afloat, nothing wrong with that. Now they need help from the Feds. hand out please?? I would like to think the anti-govenment garbage would stop after this. I would like to think that, I just don't. We are one country, you are no better or no worse than the rest of the country. Get off your high- horse.
18 posted on 04/18/2011 7:06:05 AM PDT by scramblera
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A commenter to the HuffPo site flips Texas “rednecks” the bird and tells us to pay for our own losses and don’t use “my tax dollars.”

Comments on Yahoo aren't any better. Pathetic.

19 posted on 04/18/2011 9:20:19 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: scramblera

Welcome to FR.

Cute: “.....high horse.”

One country?

Correct!

We’re sick and tired of the division of “diversity” and the language of “special interests” and “class division” and hyphenated Americans.


20 posted on 04/18/2011 12:12:55 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: scramblera

21 posted on 04/18/2011 12:16:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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You’re welcome to come visit Texas and enjoy our hospitality.

We’re the same rednecks who took in tens of thousands of Katrina victims and got them back on their feet.

A lot of them like us so much, they’re staying here in Texas - the land of opportunity.


22 posted on 04/18/2011 12:55:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: scramblera; Cincinatus' Wife; dfwgator
What are you, a one post wonder?


23 posted on 04/18/2011 3:57:53 PM PDT by houeto (All during his formative years, Barry prayed to allah.)
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To: houeto

Bump!


24 posted on 04/19/2011 3:09:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It is now day 3 after Rick “Fed Up” Perry requested Federal assistance. Not a peep from the 0.


25 posted on 04/20/2011 6:10:13 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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149 houses and one church burned yesterday west of Dallas-Ft.Worth.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7529098.html


26 posted on 04/20/2011 6:41:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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And 0 is giving payback.

Rick is a new born child to play politics with 0.


27 posted on 04/20/2011 4:08:03 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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Now Rick “Fed Up” Perry has not heard from 0 for another day.

Thanks Rick for making 0 mad at Texas.


28 posted on 04/21/2011 4:42:46 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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What?!!

You want Perry to kiss his ass?

Good grief.

Texans will take care of Texas.


29 posted on 04/22/2011 3:29:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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From the original article, “AUSTIN — 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”

I did not tell Rick to do it, he did it on his own. I was just pointing out that to ask for help was weak.


30 posted on 04/22/2011 6:03:53 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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(yesterday I heard on the radio that 0 is going to AL, ‘only 36 hours’ after the tornados...like he is really somebody special. SOB, POS is what he is.)

4-29 update:
http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=119078&article=8503182

s dry conditions and gusty winds whip up new wildfires in parched Texas, Gov. Rick Perry Thursday blasted the Obama Administration for failing to issue a disaster declaration for the state, widening the growing rift between the White House and the states rights advocate governor, 1200 WOAI news reports.

“You see hundreds of thousands of acres of Texas burning and you know that there will soon be emergency declarations, and we did that now a couple of weeks ago, but still no response from this administration,” Perry told 1200 WOAI’s Michael Board after addressing the Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio.

“There is a point in time where you say, hey, what’s going on here,” Perry said. “You have to ask why are you taking care of Alabama and other states? I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail.”

The White House says President Obama will visit Alabama, hard hit by tornadoes Wednesday, later today.

Perry requested a federal declaration of emergency for Texas on April 16, as wildfires began to rage across the entire state. So far, the request has not been answered, although several federal agencies, including the National Park Service, are supplying firefighters to the state’s effort.


31 posted on 04/29/2011 7:17:23 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: scramblera

No matter what a state or the state’s governor thinks about the azzhole in the WH. A president should always act with dignity and class. This POS has neither.


32 posted on 04/29/2011 7:21:39 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

A class act the president isn’t.

He’s a vengeful, petty man with a chip on his shoulder for no reason.

He must be a real pain to live with.


33 posted on 04/29/2011 1:08:56 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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I’m with you...


34 posted on 09/07/2011 3:11:35 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s not just about dollars but the use of equipment sitting at Ft. Hood and other bases.


35 posted on 09/07/2011 3:14:08 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: hadaclueonce

You do know that there are federal assets, think equipment on the bases that are sitting ready to be used but there are bureaucratic red tape crap in the way of using them. It’s not weak but the fracking procedure.


36 posted on 09/07/2011 3:20:31 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011: Current Texas Wildfire Situation Crews making headway on Bastrop fire; victim ID'd as Austin city workerBASTROP — Bastrop wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of houses and thousands of acres continued to burn Wednesday, but firefighters say they are making progress battling the blaze.

Officials said Wednesday that they have contained 30 percent of the larger Bastrop fire, which has so far annihilated about 800 houses and 34,000 acres, according to the Texas Forest Service.

Rescuers have begun conducting house-by-house searches for potential fire victims, but so far, the death toll remains at two.

Authorities identified one of the two victims as Michael Troy Farr, a 48-year-old City of Austin employee who was found Tuesday at his home on Hudson Drive near Smithville. Farr, an electrician who had worked for the city since 2003, worked in the building services division.

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Meanwhile, federal support may soon be on its way.

President Barack Obama telephoned Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday afternoon to offer condolences about the wildfires and pledge federal help with firefighting and recovery, the White House said.

Obama reached Perry in California, where the governor was preparing for Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate. After hanging up, Obama directed officials to ensure that they are "making all resources available" to Texas, the U.S. Forest Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the press office said.

Though the Bastrop blaze remains largely uncontained, firefighters have had success managing other Central Texas fires, including those in Steiner Ranch, Spicewood and Leander.

Along with the search for additional victims in Bastrop, officials with FEMA began an assessment with local officials of the fire damage...............

37 posted on 09/08/2011 1:29:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: CajunConservative

Look at Post #171 at that LINK.


38 posted on 09/08/2011 1:37:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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