Texas needs an immediate disaster declaration from President Barack Obama allowing access to heavy equipment and other assistance to help battle wildfires burning across the state, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said.
The White House has not responded to the state's previous request, Dewhurst contends, and "we need help yesterday."
There was no immediate response from the White House.
A disaster declaration would give the state access to heavy equipment, personnel, supplies and other support that would help it respond after nearly 300 consecutive days of wildfires, Dewhurst said.
Obama has approved a limited disaster declaration for fires in April and May.
"But this problem has been ongoing since January," Dewhurst said. "And if anything it's gotten worse."FULL STORY