Actor Leonardo DiCaprio offers words of thanks and support to California firefighters

- Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio is sending out words of gratitude to the firefighters in California facing dangerous situations as they battle the numerous and deadly wildfires raging around the state. 

Firefighters from across the country have been sent to California to help crews stretched to the limit as they battle 17 wildfires in the state.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the Oscar winning actor wrote, "Thank you to the firefighters risking their lives to protect people affected by the #CarrFire #FergusonFire #CranstonFire."

DiCaprio also encouraged folks to help fire victims as well as firefighters and their families by including a link to the California Fire Foundation.

The fires in Northern California have claimed eight lives, including those of two firefighters killed in the most destructive of the state's 17 wildfires, the Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity counties. 

The second largest fire burning in the state is the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park. That fire has claimed the lives of two firefighters.

DiCaprio, a California native, has been a long-time advocate for environmental issues, establishing the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998. The organization seeks to bring attention and funding to programs including those related to conservation and climate change.

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