I feel a rush of emotions every time I hear about a devastating wildfire. 9 out of the 10 worst fires in the history of California have occurred in the past decade. So, this rush is a yearly occurrence.

The emotions that have followed after learning about the Caldor fire have been very different.

The South Lake Tahoe region has held a special place in my heart. I’ve been up those mountains multiple times every year and savored the fresh air and breathtaking beauty. And, the thought of that region in flames has felt like a punch in the gut today.

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It is raining ash today in the entire region.

These fires are stark reminders of the fact that we are in a climate emergency.

I wish I had a better call to action beyond the usual – urge governments to take action, use energy wisely/switch to renewables, eat more plants, use fewer fossil fuels, and consume less.

The usual will have to suffice for now.