JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental organization is donating $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia.
DiCaprio's Earth Alliance said in a statement Thursday that the organization has created the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an "international response to the catastrophic bushfires" currently raging in the country. The Academy Award-winning actor co-chairs the organization was launched last year to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
The wildfires have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. The blazes have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes. The fires, fueled by drought and the country's hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, mont