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Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic)

Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental organization Earth Alliance will donate $ 3 million to help with firefighting efforts in Australia. The foundation reported Thursday that it had started the Australia Fire Fund to contribute to an "international response to catastrophic fires" currently underway in the country.

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Wildfires burned an area twice the size of Maryland, killed at least 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes. The fires, fueled by drought and the hottest and driest year in the country, have been underway since September, months before what is typical of Australia's annual forest fire season.

DiCaprio serves as co-chair of Earth Alliance, along with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth. The organization was launched last year to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.

The fund will work with local Australian partner organizations including Aussie Ark, Bush Heritage and Wires Wildlife Rescue.

DiCaprio joins a growing list of other celebrities who have teamed up to donate a lot of money. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and Elton John, who offered a million dollars earlier this week. Nicole Kidman, Pink and Keith Urban also donated.

Metallica said it will donate $ 750,000 to a fire and emergency services agency in Victoria. Phoebe Waller-Bridge said she would auction off her Golden Globe suit and make the profits go to the fire department. Source: Associated Press.

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