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Anheuser-Busch to Ship 51K Cans of Water to Firefighters in West

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    Firefighters battling a spate of wildfires in the West will get a delivery from beer maker Anheuser-Busch this week, but the 12 ounce cans won't be filled with brew, they'll be filled with water, NBC News reported.

    The maker of Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck's and more is sending 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — 51,744 cans — to Washington state in the coming days, Anheuser-Busch said in a statement Monday. The American Red Cross and Chelan County Public Works will distribute the cans to "communities most in need" in the Pacific Northwest, the statement said.

    About 1,250 people are working to extinguish 16 wildfires in Washington alone, while California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Colorado officials struggle to allocate limited resources as blazes ravage parts of those states.