Disaster declared in
The Associated Press. Jan. 30, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster proclamation for more than half the counties in the state on Wednesday because of wildfires that have already destroyed at least two dozen buildings and could do more damage later this week.
Perry's order makes 152 of the state's 254 counties eligible for state assistance.
Fast-moving fires Tuesday destroyed buildings and consumed about 2,000 acres in north, central and west
Low humidity trailing a fast-moving cold front created the wildfire threat. Roger Erickson of the weather service's
Power was knocked out for thousands of
"It's an issue of safety for us," said airport spokesman David Magana. "When that wind is coming from your left or your right, it presents a danger."
The conditions Tuesday were similar to the scenario in late 2005 and early 2006, when strong winds, low humidity and dry, high grasses and brush set the stage for massive fires that scorched 2.25 million acres statewide, destroyed more than 730 homes and killed 20 people, including two firefighters.
"It's starting to seem like, 'Here we go again,'" said Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Carrie Smith.
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