AUSTIN, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a State Disaster Declaration Thursday for multiple Texas counties currently experiencing extraordinary drought conditions resulting in increased risk for wildfires, according to the Governor's office.
The drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy.
Because of this, Gov. Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to address the situation.
"I want to assure the citizens of Texas that we will do all we can to respond to this threat and ensure their safety and the protection of their property," said Governor Abbott. "I encourage those in these counties to heed the warnings of local officials and do all they can to stay out of harm's way. Texas is no stranger to wildfires, and will be prepared to respond as needed."
The declaration will suspend any law or regulation that would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in responding to this disaster. It also suspends any law that would impede a state agency's emergency response deemed necessary to protect life or property.
Counties in the News Channel 6 viewing area included in this declaration are Archer, Baylor, Childress, Foard, Hardeman, Knox, Throckmorton, Wilbarger, and Young counties.