AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared six Texas Panhandle counties disaster areas following deadly wildfires.READ MORE: CEO Doug Parker To Retire From Fort Worth-Based American Airlines In 2022
Abbott issued the proclamation Saturday to help clear the way for government assistance in Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree (AH-k’l-tree), Roberts and Wheeler counties.
A statement from Abbott says Texas officials have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster designation to activate the agency’s emergency loan program. The funds would be used to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from losses sustained by the wildfires.READ MORE: 'My Home Is Still Uninhabitable': 10 Months After Winter Storm Some Texans Still Waiting On Insurance Claims
Officials say wildfires killed four people and burned an estimated 750 square miles in Texas, displacing about 10,000 cattle and horses.
Abbott on Thursday suspended some permit requirements and transportation restrictions so hay for livestock could more quickly reach ranches.MORE NEWS: Wife Of Suspected Killer Of Mesquite Officer Charged With Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Disturbance Preceding Fatal Shooting
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