Greenwood, Texas - With wild fires scorching so much of the state and inflicting so much economic damage, many Texans including politicians and fire fighters are wondering why a disaster has not been declared.
Following the horrific tornados in Alabama, the state received a disaster declaration, which includes millions in federal money, but despite weeks and weeks of wild fires destroying much of Texas there’s been no declaration. The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department and fire fighters like Kristi Griffin know how much it costs to fight wild fires, because they're on the front lines day in and day out.
Griffin, along with Governor Rick Perry and Senator John Cornyn believe those costs are too much for Texas to bear on its own.
Governor Perry addressed his failed request to FEMA this week before the media.
In the past, Governor Perry has denied federal aid from the government, prompting Senator Cornyn to speculate whether politics are playing into FEMA's decision to not declare a disaster in Texas.
FEMA spokeswoman, Rachel Racusen sent CBS 7 the following statement:
"We're disappointed and hoping something else can be done", says Griffin.
The Greenwood Volunteers are having fish dinners, sending out mailers and doing other fundraisers to survive these tough times.
There’s no deadline for a disaster declaration so if fires grow worse, it’s still possible that one could be declared in Texas.