HOUSTON - In response to the devastating effects of ongoing wildfires across Texas, BP announced today a donation of $100,000 to organizations engaged in wildfire relief efforts. According to the Texas Forest Service, Texas wildfires have burned over 3.6 million acres and destroyed over 4600 structures across the state this year.
BP will contribute $50,000 each to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund and the American Red Cross of Central Texas. The Texas Wildfire Relief Fund supports the efforts of volunteer firefighters statewide. The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and other supplies to those who have lost their homes or been displaced by the wildfires.
“BP is happy to support the efforts of those fighting this unprecedented outbreak of wildfires and assisting Texans who have been impacted," said Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America.
In addition, the BP Foundation announced that it will match employee contributions to charitable organizations involved in providing assistance to wildfire victims.
BP is one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas in the United States with more than 8,000 employees based in Texas.