Metallica Joins John Cena and Chris Pratt With $100k Donation to California Wildfires Relief

Metallica has announced they are donating $100,000 to help the California wildfire relief efforts through their All Within My Hands foundation.

The metal icons said they would like to lend support to people affected by the blazes in Northern and Southern California, some of which have been burning for weeks, and are encouraging others to do the same.

In a statement, the group said they will be donating $50,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and a further $50,000 to the Wildfire Relief Fund to help with the relief effort.

"Sadly, for the third year in a row, communities we have called home throughout the state of California are again experiencing the tragedy left in the wake of wildfires," the band said.

"Both organizations are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts, helping residents resume normal lives as they get back on their feet after the devastation of these firestorms.

"We would also like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need as well as the first responders who have been working tirelessly to keep Californians safe.

"Whether you are able to contribute money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or your time by volunteering or providing temporary housing, every bit helps."

This is not the first time the band has donated towards wildfire relief. In 2017, Metallica helped organize the Band Together Bay Area concert to raise money for people affected by the North Bay fires, which killed 44 people. The concert went on to raise more than $17 million in aid.

The group also donated $100,000 to the North Valley Community and the Los Angeles Fire Department foundations during the 2018 California wildfires.

Last month, WWE wrestler John Cena announced he will be donating $500,000 to those tackling the fires in honor of First Responders Day.

Actor Chris Pratt also said he would be making a donation to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation in the wake of the fires breaking out.
"So thankful to the men and women in uniform who risk it all, working around the clock to save our lives, homes and city," Pratt said.

According to California Fire, a majority of the blazes which have been burning across the state are now 100 percent contained. In an update, the department said the huge Kincade Fire is now 86 percent contained having burned through nearly 80,000 acres and destroying 174 homes since it broke out on October 23.

The Ranch Fire, which has been burning since Sunday, November 3, in Tehama county, is still only 15 percent contained having burned through more than 3,700 acres.

Elsewhere, the Maria Fire which has been burning since Thursday, October 31, is now 95 percent contained having burned through nearly 10,000 acres. California Fire said four structures have been destroyed in the fire, but there have been no reported injuries or fatalities.

Donate to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund or to the Wildfire Relief Fund.

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich of Metallica perform in concert at Palau Sant Jordi on February 7, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The group have annoucned they will be donating $100,000 towards the California wildfire relief efforts. Xavi Torrent/Redferns/Getty