Disaster Declared for More Than Half of Texas

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AUSTIN -- Governor Rick Perry has declared a state disaster for 152 counties that already have burn bans as Texas deals with more wildfires Wednesday.

The declaration allows affected counties to qualify for state assistance.

High winds and dry conditions have made for explosive fire conditions across much of Texas.

Perry's office also says eight military helicopters have been positioned in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth for rapid response.

The governor's Division of Emergency Management is coordinating state support for local officials.

Here are the 152 counties in the disaster proclamation:

-- Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Bandera, Baylor, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Brewster, Briscoe, Brooks, Brown

-- Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Collingsworth, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson

-- Deaf Smith, Delta, Denton, Dickens, Dimmit, Eastland, Ector, Edwards, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Fisher, Foard, Frio

-- Garza, Gray, Grayson, Guadalupe, Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Haskell, Hays, Hemphill, Hidalgo, Hill, Hockley, Hood, Howard, Hudspeth, Hunt, Hutchinson

-- Irion, Jeff Davis, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, King, Kinney, Kleberg, Knox, LaSalle, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, Liberty, Limestone, Lipscomb, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Lynn

-- Martin, Mason, Maverick, McCulloch, McLennan, Medina, Menard, Midland, Milam, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Motley, Navarro, Nolan, Nueces, Oldham

-- Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Rains, Randall, Reagan, Real, Refugio, Robertson, Rockwall, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Somervell, Starr, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher

-- Tarrant, Taylor, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Waller, Ward, Washington, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Wilson, Winkler, Wise, Young and Zavala.