Apple Donating to Wildfire Relief Efforts in California

Apple is planning to make a donation to help wildfire relief efforts in California, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this afternoon.

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Image Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press. Creek Fire near Fresno, California

Fire season in California kicked off earlier this week when a lightning storm ignited fires across the state. Over the last 72 hours, California has experienced close to 11,000 lightning strikes, which have sparked 367 known fires. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency yesterday.


Amid the fires, California is also battling an ongoing heat wave that has seen high temperatures and low humidity, conditions that contribute to fire spread. Many Californians in the Bay Area have been forced to evacuate their homes and air quality near Apple's headquarters in Cupertino has been affected by the fires.

California regularly experiences fires between August and November due to high winds and dry conditions. Apple has previously donated to wildfire relief efforts in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
50 months ago
Good on Apple for helping those in need.
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pdaholic Avatar
50 months ago
Thanks for being awesome, Apple.
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DeepIn2U Avatar
50 months ago
what’s going on in California? It seems every season now there is wildfires and all are to a level of dangerousness that leads to evacuations of towns. The 80’s the worry was of the BIG one hitting, yet wildfires are the clear and present danger.

can anything be done?
a different way of plants being arranged?different plants that could help the temperature or humidity under better control? Silly thoughts but I’m just wondering since irrigation has big limits.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pdaholic Avatar
50 months ago



what’s going on in California? It seems every season now there is wildfires and all are to a level of dangerousness that leads to evacuations of towns. The 80’s the worry was of the BIG one hitting, yet wildfires are the clear and present danger.

can anything be done?
a different way of plants being arranged?different plants that could help the temperature or humidity under better control? Silly thoughts but I’m just wondering since irrigation has big limits.
I live in CA, and I’m about 11 miles away from what looks to be the biggest fire right now. I can tell you the worst problem is it’s so dry here. We deal with droughts about 10 months out of the year. All it took was a night of a thunderstorm (which is incredibly rare, I have heard thunder maybe 5 times in the last 10 years) to set off these fires. Thanks for your concern, though. We need more people like you putting their brains together to help stop this mess.
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827538 Avatar
50 months ago



what’s going on in California? It seems every season now there is wildfires and all are to a level of dangerousness that leads to evacuations of towns. The 80’s the worry was of the BIG one hitting, yet wildfires are the clear and present danger.

can anything be done?
a different way of plants being arranged?different plants that could help the temperature or humidity under better control? Silly thoughts but I’m just wondering since irrigation has big limits.
Controlled burns (especially at certain times of the year), cutting back of undergrowth, not building in certain areas. Plus poorly maintained electrical infrastructure/vegetation around it has also contributed to some bad fires. You can't irrigate the problem away.

Same reason Australia has been having it bad recently.
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mazz0 Avatar
50 months ago
I’m pretty sure that’s Mustafar, not California.


Image Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images. Hennessey Fire in Napa, California
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