Governor Abbott declares State of Disaster for six Texas counties

Following major wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, Governor Greg Abbott  declared a State of Disaster Saturday in the counties of Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler.

According to the press release, in addition to the disaster declaration, the State of Texas asked the United States Department of Agriculture for a Secretarial Disaster Designation to activate the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Loan Program to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from losses caused by the wildfires.

“This week’s wildfires have had a devastating impact on a significant portion of the Texas Panhandle,” Governor Abbott said in the disaster proclamation. “Texans have always been resilient in their response to disasters and this time will be no different. Cecilia and I thank the first responders who are working tirelessly to help all those affected, and we continue to ask that all Texans keep the Panhandle community and the families of the victims of this disaster in their thoughts and prayers.”

To read the full proclamation, click here.