Governor Perry has asked President Obama to officially declare Texas a major disaster area. Wildfires have burned or threatened all but two of the state's 254 counties.
Governor Perry's office says more than 7800 fires have charred more than 1.5 million acres. 244 families have lost their homes, and the blazes have threatened more than 8,500 others.
If a major disaster declaration is declared, Texas would be eligible for help in responding to and recovering from the emergency. Governor Perry says Texas is reaching its capacity to respond to so many emergencies.
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