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METALLICA has promised approximately $516,000 to NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victoria Country Fire Authority. In hopes to support the victims of Australia’s overwhelming bushfire disaster.

The band said in a statement:

“We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking.

“Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our foundation All Within My Hands, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts.

“NSW RFS is the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organization and all funds donated during this State of Emergency are directed toward services related to and victims of these particularly destructive Australian bushfires.

“CFA (Country Fire Authority) is a volunteer and community based fire and emergency services group which helps to guard 3.3 million Victorians, and works collectively with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies.

Read more about NSW Rural Fire Service and how you can help at this location.

See more about Victorian Country Fire Authority and how you can help at this location.

At least 25 people have died since the fires started in September. Nearly a billion animals have died, and hundreds of houses and territories have been destroyed.

Although the fires are thought to have started naturally. Experts think human-caused climate disturbance has worsened hot, arid conditions that fuel the growth of such blazes.

Since Australia is only just starting its summer season, with temperatures rising in January and February, the fires in the country could last for months.

METALLICA was listed to tour Australia last fall, but the shows were discontinued after frontman James Hetfield was admitted to rehab.

Other artists who have donated funds to bushfire relief include Elton John, who has pledged $1 million, and Kylie Minogue, who has pledged $500,000.

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