AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – This week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley released a $100,000 needs-based grant to help Volunteer Fire Departments recoup some of their costs associated with some 2,000 wildfires during the recent drought.
It's been a long three months for volunteer and paid firefighters as they battled more than 2,200 wildfires across the state consuming 29,000 acres of land.
All of those fires happening since the drought officially started on October 1st.
The need-based grants will be given to local volunteer fire departments, seven of those are in this area.
The grants can be up to $2,500 and can help the departments recoup fuel costs, and maintain expenses.
Fire departments have until Jan 5th to apply for the grant, the state is working with the EMA to help with the grant program.