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Here’s how you can support the firefighters fighting the Caldor Fire and all the other fires across California

MEYERS, Calif. - Aug. 30: Cal Fire's Brad LaForce keeps a check on the Caldor Fire burning near homes in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Monday evening, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

Lake Tahoe is my favorite place on earth. I’ve been going to Tahoe my entire life. My radio career might’ve even started there before I was born. My dad was a radio DJ in South Lake Tahoe in the early to mid 70s. I wasn’t around then but the stories and pictures my dad has of working in radio left a big impression on me.

This week has been especially tough with the Caldor Fire heading right toward South Lake Tahoe. I’ve been obsessively checking all the Tahoe webcams, Cal Fire maps, and twitter to track it’s path. Seeing pictures like this house burning in a hellish blaze have terrified me.

Caldor Fire
Flames consume multiple homes as the Caldor fire pushes into the Echo Summit area, in California on August 30, 2021. – At least 650 structures have burned and thousands more are threatened as the Caldor fire moves into the resort community of South Lake Tahoe, California. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate Monday as a huge wildfire loomed over a major US tourist spot, filling the air with choking smoke. The Caldor Fire has already torn through more than 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), razing hundreds of buildings. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)

When I was growing up my family would ski and later snowboard at Sierra-at-Tahoe. I took my son there this past February for his first snowboarding lesson. Here he is shredding the gnar!

Marc Acton’s son during his first snowboarding lesson at Sierra-at-Tahoe

It was especially hard to watch as the fire reached Sierra-at-Tahoe. I can’t tell you the extent of the damage that the resort received but I’ve heard reports that firefighters were able to save all of the structures.

TWIN BRIDGES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 30: A chairlift at Sierra-at Tahoe ski resort sits idle as the Caldor Fire moves through the area on August 30, 2021 in Twin Bridges, California. The Caldor Fire has burned over 165,000 acres, destroyed over 650 structures and is currently 13 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sierra-at-Tahoe even used their snowmaking machines to spray water on their buildings to save them. Kirkwood and Heavenly are doing the same thing right now as the fire creeps closer to them.

The work our firefighters are doing to keep the fire from reaching the homes and businesses in South Lake Tahoe is incredible. I hope you’ll join me in donating to the California Fire Foundation. They provide emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect. – Marc Acton


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