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The New York Times

The New York Times

NATIONAL DESK

Bush Declares Fires a Disaster
By ERIC O’KEEFE
Published: January 12, 2006

President Bush issued a disaster declaration on Tuesday for 12 counties ravaged by fires. The move makes federal financing available to individuals who have suffered fire losses since Dec. 1. Mr. Bush ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts. "We want to read the fine print and get all our questions answered before we are satisfied that the declaration is sufficient to meet Oklahoma's needs," Gov. Brad Henry said in a statement.