Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Wednesday that the Cupertino firm will be making a donation to aid wildfire relief efforts in California.
To our employees, friends and neighbors affected by the heatwave and expanding fires across CA, please stay safe and listen to local evacuation orders. Apple will be donating to local wildfire relief efforts.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 19, 2020
A lightning store ignited fires across the state earlier this week, kicking off fire season in California with a vengeance. The state has seen close to 11,000 lightning strikes, which have sparked 367 known fires. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Tuesday.
Aggravating the fire outbreak is an ongoing heatwave that has brought high temperatures and low humidity, conditions that can contribute to fires spreading. Californians in the Bay Area and Wine Country have been forced to leave their homes, and air quality in the area has been harshly affected by the smoke from the fires.