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Salvation Army moves in to help wildfire emergency responders

Courtesy: Salvation Army Courtesy: Salvation Army
Courtesy: Salvation Army Courtesy: Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has set up camp and is working to provide food and water to emergency responders working to contain wildfires.

Gov. Rick Perry will head to West Texas Tuesday to view areas devastated by wildfires that have blackened tens of thousands of acres.

Recent fires have destroyed dozens of homes and left one firefighter -- from Cactus -- critically injured. Perry planned to take an aerial tour of ravaged counties, meet with local officials and then hold a news conference at a Texas Forest Service command center in the town of Merkel.

Perry on Sunday renewed a disaster proclamation for 249 of the state's 254 counties, making them eligible to request government assistance as needed to respond to wildfires. The governor's initial proclamation was Dec. 21, but was renewed on Jan. 19, Feb. 17 and March 18, as extreme wildfire conditions and the drought lingered.

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