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Apple donates additional funds to help fight fires on the west coast

While wildfires continue to rage in California and Oregon, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today on Twitter that Apple plans to donate additional money to help fight fires and rescue operations on the west coast.

Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press. Creek fire near Fresno, California

Cook announced fire-fighting donations back on Aug. 19 when a thunderstorm sparked 367 fires in Northern California, including several major fires that decimated areas in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Napa County, and Sonoma County.

The original fires caused by lightning were largely contained, but hot weather and arid conditions have caused other fires to start.

Major fires continue to exist in Northern and Southern California, such as the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera, which set more than 175,000 acres on fire. Southern Oregon is facing a fire that has burned more than a million acres and hundreds of thousands of acres have been burned in Washington.

The west coast fires are expected to continue through October, a time of the year we know as fire season. Strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures cause the dry brush to catch fire.

Apple donated millions to forest fire relief efforts in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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