No FEMA aid for Texas wildfires
Thu, 05 May 2011 00:21:57 GMT —
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has defended its decision refusing to provide more assistance to Texas after devastating wildfires.
Govenor Rick Perry criticized the White House for rejecting his April 16 request for a federal major disaster declaration and additional help.
A FEMA spokeswoman said federal assistance already has been provided to Texas through grants for response activities.
She said based on information provided by the state there was not a need for additional support.
Perry's request came before deadly tornadoes swept across Alabama.
The governor said Texas wildfires since November have blackened at least 2.2 million acres.
Last month two firefighters died in separate incidents because of the wildfires.
Just a reminder more than 200 Texas counties have outdoor burn bans including Cameron and Hidalgo.