Apple is planning to make a donation to help wildfire relief efforts in the state of California, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter this morning.
It is fire season in California right now, and Sonoma County in Northern California is currently facing the Kincade fire, which has burned more than 65,000 acres and has required hundreds of thousands of people in the area to evacuate.
Over the weekend, winds that reached close to 100 mph drove the fire further towards Santa Rosa, a major city in the area, and additional high winds are expected later this week. Combined with dry conditions, the higher winds California sees in October and November can be disastrous.
Our hearts are with those affected by the wildfires across California, including members of our Apple family. Thank you to the first responders who are working tirelessly to control the fires. Apple will be donating to relief efforts. To everyone in harm’s way, please stay safe. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 28, 2019
In Northern California, power company PG&E has been cutting power to millions of customers in an effort to avoid fires (PG&E was found responsible for last year's Camp Fire), but that didn't stop the Kincade fire.
There are fires raging in both Southern and Northern California at this time, and California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency.
Apple also provided aid during last year's California fires and the 2017 Tubbs Fire that impacted Northern California.
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the SF Bay Area is facing a very complex and serious set of problems right now. Big tech is not blameless, but they are also not solely to blame.
there’s a reason companies cluster like this, and it’s a good idea from a corporate standpoint to be in the cluster. (Also worth noting Apple has been here a lot longer than most.)
Apple also did not cause the perpetual drought conditions or 100 mph winds that are taking what should be controllable fires and making them nightmares. Nor did they cause PG&E to neglect their grid for decades, leading to both fire vulnerabilities and cascading power shut offs.
the bottom line here is that there is plenty of blame to go around here, but Apple giving money to those most hurt by the fires is a good thing. Period.
God Bless those in Cali and keep them out of harms way.
Cupertino was a perfectly reasonable place to have offices in 1976 and through the mid-2000s. You simply can't move an operation that's been there for 43 years.