Chris Hemsworth pledges $1 million to fight devastating wildfires in Australia

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 6:10 PM CST
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Actor Chris Hemsworth and his family have pledged $1 million to fight the devastating fires in Australia.

The actor, known for playing Thor in "The Avengers" movies, donated the money to inspire others to help, too.

More than 20 people and about half a billion animals have lost their lives in the fires that have burned through millions of acres. Thousands of homes have also been damaged or destroyed.

Bush fires occur annually in Australia, but severe weather conditions have contributed to a season worse than the region has seen in decades, and the Australian summer has just begun.

Hemsworth announced his $1 million pledge on Instagram, where he posted links to organizations and charities working to fight the Australian fires.