INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rural and volunteer fire departments in 14 southern Indiana counties are getting a boost from a share of more than $314,000 generated by the sale of trees felled in some of the state's forests.
The state Department of Natural Resources says Brown County will get the largest portion of the money, or more than $69,000.
The DNR'S Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of timber sale revenue from state forests to counties where the harvests occur.
Each county must share half of that money with rural and volunteer fire departments that have cooperative agreements with the DNR's Fire Control Headquarters. The DNR says 110 rural and volunteer fire departments will benefit from this year's funding.
Those departments are encouraged to use the funds to improve their wildland firefighting abilities.