Singer Pink pledges $500K to fight Australia wildfires

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The wildfires, which have raged since September, already destroyed more than 1,500 homes and killed 23 people

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Pink arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Pink arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

SYDNEY (AP) — American pop singer Pink says she is donating $500,000 to help fight the deadly wildfires that have devastated parts of Australia.

“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” Pink tweeted Saturday to her 32.2 million Twitter followers. “I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz.”

Twenty-three people have died as a result of the wildfire crisis. The fires are expected to be particularly fierce throughout the weekend.

The wildfires, which have been raging since September, have already burned about 12.35 million acres of land and destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

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