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Gov. Abbot issues State of Disaster Declaration for Texas counties experiencing drought

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration for a number of Texas counties, including the Texas Panhandle, currently experiencing extraordinary drought conditions resulting in an increased threat of wildfire on Friday. (File Photo)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration for a number of Texas counties, including the Texas Panhandle, currently experiencing extraordinary drought conditions resulting in an increased threat of wildfire on Friday.

According to the Governor's office, these drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy. In response, 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 disaster declaration will suspend any regulation or law that would prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in responding to this disaster. The declaration also suspends any law that would impede a state agency’s emergency response deemed necessary to protect life or property.

Counties included in the disaster declaration are: Armstrong, Andrews, Archer, Bastrop, Baylor, Bell, Bosque, Briscoe, Burnet, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Coryell, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Erath, Falls, Floyd, Foard, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hill, Hutchinson, Johnson, Kent, King, Knox, Lee, Limestone, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, McLennan, Milam, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Robertson, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Swisher, Throckmorton, Travis, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Williamson, Winkler, Yoakum, and Young.

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