More West Texas Cities to Get Help from FEMA

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

More West Texas cities will be getting help from FEMA after wildfires ravaged homes and communities this year.

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry announced that FEMA has expanded the major disaster declaration to include 119 counties around Texas.

That means all of those counties are now eligible for wildfire assistance.

Four of those counties are in West Texas. Those counties include Crane, Howard, Upton and Winkler.

The original declaration issued by FEMA only included 45 counties.

In the past year, fire crews have responded to more than 26,000 fires that have burned more than 3.9 million acres.

Wildfire costs are estimated to be more than $330 million.