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California Wildfires Cause Vacationers To Cancel Trips And National Parks To Close

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The Caldor fire forced residents and visitors to leave. The blaze also raised concerns regarding the long-term future for the wilderness throughout the American west in an age in which wildfires are growing more destructive, a report said.

Gateway communities and mountain towns depend on tourists and adventurers who spend their money on stunning views and experiences in the outdoors. However, the changing climate could put those profits – along with the dependent communities—in danger.

For months, thick smoke hung over Lake Tahoe, emptying the usually bustling cities surrounding its blue alpine waters on the last summer weekends. Restaurants were shut, and campgrounds were cleared. Boats were left moored or anchored on the shoreline.

Tourism, the lifeblood for the region, was the primary concern of some of the evacuees while they waited whether their community would be spared. 

The owners of Sierra-at-Tahoe, a well-known ski resort, announced this week that the bulk of their infrastructure had been spared and that they’d soon get back to preparing for winter tourists.

However, many people living in the city are still shocked by the event.

“To see those people coming in from my community – they work in the tourism industry and their lives, their jobs, their families, little kids, have all been disrupted,” said Carl Ribaudo, a South Lake Tahoe resident. He also advises the local tourism industry.

“They didn’t know what the next step was or if they would even have a job.”

However, all hope is not lost. There’s a chance that people will come back after the fire is out, looking for what remains of the beauty that makes the spot unique.

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