Three more Texas counties have the opportunity to apply for public assistance from one government organization.

Disaster recovery aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been approved for Midland, Erath, and Wichita Counties. The assistance is for the wildfires that occurred April 6th through August 29th of 2011.

The program is designed to help recover costs incurred in removing disaster-related debris from public rights of way, and for measures taken by state and local emergency responders. Funds may also go to the cost of repairing roads, utilities, and other public infrastructure which was damaged as a result of the wildfires.

Applicants that receive approval will have 75 percent of eligible costs covered by the FEMA funds, and will cover the remaining 25 percent themselves.

“Although Public Assistance grants go to government entities and nonprofits, their intent is to help entire communities recover from last year’s devastating wildfires,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes.