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Small Lake Tahoe, Calif. Daily Covering Massive Fire with Blog-Style Web

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Small Lake Tahoe, Calif. Daily Covering Massive Fire with Blog-Style Web

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For the tiny Tahoe Daily Tribune, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the massive wildfires that erupted Sunday and have destroyed an estimated 220 homes and businesses across 2,500 acres have made the paper a national news source.

City Editor Jeff Munson says his paper, which has been covering the fires online blog-style with hourly updates, is getting dozens of e-mails from homeowners nationwide asking about their vacation properties in the area.

As Munson's nine-person news staff roams the fire-ravaged area, he has received at least 50 e-mails from people in areas as close as San Jose, Calif., and as far away as Missouri wanting to know if their second homes are safe. "They have homes here and want to know if the house has burned down," said Munson, who said he brought all nine staffers in on Sunday, a day that normally sees three newsroom employees. "We had everyone cranking. We have pulled people from sports and it is a lot of listening to the police scanner. …

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