Imagine the response from the Federal government if the entire state of Maryland, all of it, was engulfed in a gigantic, uncontrolled wildfire. And the next week, all of Rhode Island was burned to a crisp... More than two million acres of land burned, 400 homes destroyed and at least two firefighters lost their lives trying to stop the worst wildfires in almost one hundred years.
Do you think the President would be visiting the area, declaring it a 'disaster' and providing truckloads of aid and support? Of course he would.
But this is not about Maryland or Rhode Island. This is about the state of Texas. Since January, Texas has been experiencing a drought like nothing they have seen in a century. The lack of rain and dry brush have created ideal conditions for wildfires. And the state has not really hit the peak of 'wildfire season.'
The current details on the Texas Wildfires:
- Two firefighters have died battling the wildfires
- 2.2 million acres burned in over 7000 different fires
- 400+ homes destroyed
Governor Rick Perry has requested that the state be declared a Federal disaster area, which would allow them to access needed financial assistance. This request was first delayed and then denied.
Listen to Gov. Perry's interview with Blaze friend and syndicated radio host Joe Pagliarulo.