•   
  •   
  •   

Entertainment John Cena Donating $500K to First Responders Battling California Fires: 'Doing My Part to Help'

15:45  29 october  2019
15:45  29 october  2019 Source:   people.com

High-voltage power line broke near origin of massive California fire that forced thousands of evacuations

  High-voltage power line broke near origin of massive California fire that forced thousands of evacuations After it sparked late Wednesday night, the fire spread rapidly. More than 16,000 acres were charred through Thursday night. At one point, it was growing at a rate of 30 football fields per minute. Authorities struggled against the strong winds Thursday, and the fire remained almost entirely uncontained by nightfall, state authorities said. No injuries have been reported, but nearly 50 structures have been damaged or destroyed. Meanwhile, 400 miles south, a rapidly expanding fire burned through Canyon Country, in northwestern Los Angeles County, covering more than 5,000 acres by Thursday evening.

John Cena is hoping to help first responders as California’s fast-moving fires continue to ravage the state.

John Cena wearing a suit and tie holding a sign posing for the camera© Provided by Meredith Corporation

The 42-year-old actor announced on Twitter Monday that as his upcoming film Playing with Fire, “showcases a group of people I believe are heroes: First responders,” it only seems fit that he steps in during such a dire time.

Cena, who plays a firefighter in the film, posted a sincere video of himself to his social media detailing how he wants to help the cause — and hopes that Paramount Pictures will follow suit.

“I’m asking that today on #FirstRespondersDay we do everything we can do to help those who risk their lives to protect us all,” he captioned the post.

PG&E will give $100 back to residential customers who were affected by an earlier power shutoff

  PG&E will give $100 back to residential customers who were affected by an earlier power shutoff After a request from the state's leader, California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on Tuesday said it will credit customers for a power shutoff earlier this month. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18: A view of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on June 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

After the actor described why he finds the cause extremely important, he went on to explain the situation in California and how he hopes to contribute.

“Right now, California is in dire straits. It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means that our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help,” he shared in the clip.

Cena added that after asking himself, “What can I do?” he was able to “come up with an answer,” which was to ask the producer of the film, Paramount Pictures, to step in with assistance.

Wedding photo showing masked newlyweds in burning California looks apocalyptic

  Wedding photo showing masked newlyweds in burning California looks apocalyptic The Chicago couple flew to Sonoma County Saturday for their dream destination wedding, but was confronted with the flames of the Kincade Fire.A helicopter drops water as the Getty Fire burns on Mandeville Canyon Monday, Oct. 28, in Los Angeles.

“I want Paramount to do me one favor. I want them to pick a charity. Pick a charity that aids our first responders as soon as possible.”

“On behalf of Playing with Fire, and out of respect to the people who I truly believe are heroes, my response will be to immediately donate half a million dollars to this cause,” he continued.

John Cena holding a sign posing for the camera: Erik Nielsen/MediaPunch© Erik Nielsen/MediaPunch Erik Nielsen/MediaPunch

“In times like this, when people are giving their lives, and working around the clock, what they need from us is resource,” Cena added. “This is the right thing to do, and I’m doing my part to help the cause.”

He ended the heartfelt video by wishing everyone “the best of luck” and to “please stay safe.”

“You are our heroes,” he closed out the clip, addressing first responders.

On Monday morning, thousands of Los Angeles residents were forced to evacuate after a raging fire broke out.

The Getty Fire had blazed through more than 500 acres since it started around 1:30 a.m. local time adjacent to the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has since issued mandatory evacuations for more than 10,000 homes and buildings.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas also spoke at the press conference, saying the city was in a “dangerous season,” pointing to several other recent fires like the Saddleridge Fire and the Palisades Fire.

South Australia bushfires: Schools close as 'catastrophic' fires threaten homes and lives .
Deadly bushfires have ravaged parts of Australia in recent weeks, whipped up by soaring temperatures, strong winds and the worst drought in decades. But summer hasn't really even begun -- and fears are growing that conditions will only get worse. More than 100 schools have closed in South Australia as catastrophic fire conditions threatened seven districts across the state Wednesday, including the Mount Lofty Ranges and Mid North, near to the state's capital Adelaide which is home to 1.3 million people.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!