Apple to support California wildfire relief efforts

in General Discussion edited August 2020
Apple on Wednesday pledged support to ongoing wildfire relief efforts in California as more than 23 major blazes wreak havoc on the state.

California Wildfire
Source: LA Times

The donation was announced by CEO Tim Cook, who urged those located near impacted regions to "stay safe" and heed evacuation orders from state officials.

"To our employees, friends and neighbors affected by the heatwave and expanding fires across CA, please stay safe and listen to local evacuation orders," Cook said in a tweet. "Apple will be donating to local wildfire relief efforts."

It remains unclear how much aid Apple is earmarking for wildfire relief, though the company offered to donate $1 million and match employee contributions to similar efforts in 2017. What organization or organizations will receive the monetary gift was also left unannounced.

California's wildfire season, coupled with coronavirus and power outages related to a massive heatwave, is taking a toll on government resources. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said assets with which to fight wildfires are "stretched," reports the Los Angeles Times.

"We are challenged right now by the number of new fires all over the state of California," Newsom said. "We've put out every resource we have."

California has seen 6,754 fires to date in 2020, up from about 4,000 at this point in 2019. Governors from surrounding states have sent personnel and equipment to aid in the firefighting effort.

Apple regularly donates funds to disaster relief programs, though more recent commitments have targeted the coronavirus threat.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    Thicc smoke started to blanket Lake Tahoe. There was fire tornadoes just north of us a few days ago. 
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    tmaytmay Posts: 5,461member
    Thicc smoke started to blanket Lake Tahoe. There was fire tornadoes just north of us a few days ago. 
    I'm just east of Lake Tahoe in Nevada, and we have had visibility on and off today as low as 1/2 mile. There were a number of wildfires in Northern California ignited by lightning strikes yesterday, so it's difficult to determine where the smoke is actually coming from, but odds are that this is from the fire outside of Vacaville.

    An animated map fo California Wildfires;
    edited August 2020
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    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 971member
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    JWSCJWSC Posts: 1,033member
    Really pleased that Apple is going to pitch in and help those affected by the fire.

    I’m wondering though? Is Apple going to help out with the rolling power outages by providing extra power to Silicon Valley with all their extra solar panels?
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    chelinchelin Posts: 82member
    Really crappy right now, since last Friday it’s been above 100 degrees here in Cupertino. Since yesterday it is also so smoky you can’t keep the windows open at night. This with the majority of houses here in the area without A/C..
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