FEMA defends no more help over Texas wildfires
POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:52am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 1:45pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has defended its decision refusing to provide more assistance to Texas after devastating wildfires.
Gov. Rick Perry late Tuesday criticized the White House for rejecting his April 16 request for a federal major disaster declaration and additional help.
FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen (RAK'-uh-sen) on Wednesday said federal assistance already has been provided to Texas through grants for response activities. She says, based on information provided by the state, there was not a need for additional support at this time.
Perry's request came before deadly tornadoes swept across Alabama.
The governor says Texas wildfires since November have blackened at least 2.2 million acres. Two firefighters died in separate incidents in April.
More than 200 Texas counties have outdoor burn bans.