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CoBank Gifts $100,000 to Red Cross for Wildfire Relief

More than 100 wildfires have burned 1.6M acres across 14 states

CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announces a $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross to support wildfire relief efforts throughout the country.

Currently, more than 100 wildfires have burned more than 1.6 million acres across 14 states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

In California, the Carr fire has killed seven people and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes, growing to approximately 160,000 acres while the Mendocino Complex fire is on course to become the largest wildfire in California history.

The $100,000 grant includes $5,000 specifically earmarked toward the Carr fire to match a local contribution to the Red Cross by Golden State Farm Credit, one of CoBank’s affiliated Farm Credit associations in California.

The remaining $95,000 is designated for general Red Cross wildfire relief efforts nationwide.

“The 2018 wildfire season has created tremendous damage throughout the country,” says Tom Halverson, president and chief executive officer of CoBank. “The devastation has been indiscriminate, impacting urban, suburban and rural communities alike. CoBank is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to support their tireless efforts to provide support and relieve the suffering of those impacted by these fires.”

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