A $3,340 contribution to the Hood-Somervell volunteer fire departments has been matched on a three-to-one basis by the Texas Farm Bureau for a total of $13,334 to help 10 fire departments recover resources and funds used to fight area wildfires.

“We are grateful for these heroes who protect our homes, land, animals and families,” said Hood-Somervell County Farm Bureau President Darwin Davis.

The Texas Farm Bureau state office committed to match the county Farm Bureau on $3 for every $1, up to $1,000 per volunteer fire department, across the state.

“Volunteer fire departments are ready, at a moment's notice, and just to put out fires, but also to prevent them,” Davis said. “They deserve financial help. More than that, those in our community should say thanks for those who risk their lives to protect our families and resources.”

Statewide, combined donations from county Farm Bureaus and the Texas Farm Bureau now exceed $750,000.

For more information about Farm Bureau wildfire relief efforts, visit the organization's dedicated drought Web site, www.txfb.org/drought2011.aspx.