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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 23, 1998
                        PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES 
                        EMERGENCY EXISTS IN TEXAS

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area threatened by extreme fire hazards on June 4, 1998, and continuing.

Federal funding has been authorized by President Clinton for direct Federal assistance for emergency measures, authorized under the Stafford Act, as coordinated with other Federal agencies to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, and lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe throughout the State of Texas. The assistance includes the eligible costs associated with the pre-staging of Emergency Management Assistance Compact fire suppression assets.