Disaster declared as winds fuel Texas fires



FORT WORTH, Texas -1.31.08- Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster proclamation for more than half the counties in the state on Wednesday because of wildfires that have already destroyed at least two dozen buildings and could do more damage later this week. Perry’s order makes 152 of the state’s 254 counties eligible for state assistance. Fast-moving fires Tuesday destroyed buildings and consumed about 2,000 acres in north, central and west Texas. Two firefighters were injured when an 18-wheel truck whose driver was blinded by smoke rear-ended their vehicle, officials said. Read more


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