Duke Energy donates toward firefighting

The Duke Energy Foundation gave a hand toward supporting firefighters battling wildfires this fall with a $100,000 donation.

“These men and women are on the front lines protecting our communities,” said Shawn Heath, president, Duke Energy Foundation. “We are glad to make this contribution to aid their efforts.”

Of the total amount, $75,000 went to the Western North Carolina Firefighters Association and $25,000 went to the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Foundation. 

Wildland firefighting is an expensive task. Total costs of this year’s wildfire season in Western North Carolina have not yet been calculated, but as of Nov. 26 firefighting on the National Forests in North Carolina had cost $27.7 million. 

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