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Kanye West donates $500,000 to California wild fire relief including firefighter who lost his own home

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Kim announced the donation on behalf of Kanye (Picture; Getty)

Kim Kardashian has announced a $500,000 (£391,000) donation on behalf of Kanye West to the California wild fire relief during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.

Kim presented a $200,000 check to the California Community Foundations Wildfire Relief Fund and a $200,000 check to the California Fire Foundation.

A third cheque for $100,000 was given to a firefighter, Michael Williams, and his wife who lost their own home during the devastating fires.

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WIlliams and his wife were given the cheque in person as they also appeared on the episode.

Williams had continued to battle the fires and saved many of his neighbors homes.

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Speaking to TMZ, the audience member alleged that Kim told the room that she and Kanye had a serious discussion on how they could ease the burden on those tasked with battling the inferno and so Kanye went to Adidas, who fund his Yeezy clothing and shoe brand, to help raise the funds.

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The total number of people killed in devastating wildfires that have swept across California has risen to 84, with over 800 people still missing.

In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018. - The toll in the deadliest wildfires in recent California history climbed to 59 on November 14, 2018, as authorities released a list of 130 people still missing. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images
Aerial photo shows a burned neighborhood in Paradise, California on 15 November (Picture: Getty)
MALIBU, CA - NOVEMBER 11: A helicopter drops flame retardant on a wildfire on November 10, 2018 in Malibu, California. The Woolsey fire has burned over 70,000 acres and has reached the Pacific Coast at Malibu as it continues grow. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
A helicopter drops flame retardant on a wildfire on 10 November (Picture: Getty)

The raging blaze quickly swept from inland canyons to the Pacific coastline with people abandoning their homes that have now been reduced to just rubble.

The blaze – which swept across northern California – has been described as the most destructive fires in a century.

Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames consume from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Firefighters spray water as flames consume a home (Picture: AP)

A number of stars have been forced to evacuated their homes since fire broke out on Thursday afternoon, including the Kardashian family, Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano and Jessica Simpson, while the blaze has destroyed the famous Bachelor mansion and sets used in Westworld.

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Kim and Kanye hired their own firefighters to put out the flames, and dig ditches around their house in order to prevent it from spreading, which in turn saved not only their $20 million (£15 million) property but also as the surrounding houses.

The couples property sits at the bottom of a cul-de-sac, meaning if the fire managed to engulf their home, it could easily have spread to their neighbours houses.

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