Perry surveys Texas wildfire damage

April 18, 2009 4:19:32 AM PDT
Gov. Rick Perry stepped over mounds of twisted metal and other debris in the wildfire-ravaged town of Stoneburg. Perry yesterday called the fire damage "the most vicious" he's ever seen.

The governor also looked at remnants of a flattened mobile home, a burned-out vehicle and blackened tree trunks.

Several April 9 blazes in Montague County killed three people and destroyed 76 homes -- while scorching more than 60,000 acres.

Perry thanked volunteer firefighters and those who came from 40 departments to help battle the blazes.

The governor has asked President Barack Obama for an emergency disaster declaration for 199 Texas counties and for a major disaster declaration for six North Texas counties.

Statewide blazes have burned more than 424,000 acres and destroyed more than 200 homes. Most of that damage was done earlier this month.

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