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September 20, 2019

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Guy Fieri joins efforts to aid wildfire victims, responders

Guy Fieri at El Burro Borracho


Guy Fieri at his new Mexican restaurant El Burro Borracho, or Drunken Donkey, at the Rio.

The namesake owner of local restaurants Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho and Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen is known for hosting Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. So it’s not out of the ordinary to see photos of luscious beef, tractor-size smokers and endless scoops of potato salad on his Twitter feed. But right now, the restaurants are preparing meals for the victims and first responders of the Carr Fire in Northern California that has burned 100,000 acres and destroyed more than 850 homes.

“My team and I got involved. [We] loaded up the caravan from wine country and drove four hours up here,” Fieri told CNN. “We are just working arm-in-arm with the Salvation Army, local chefs, residents and everybody helping out all of the evacuees.”

The food relief is in coordination with California’s Office of Emergency Services, Operation BBQ Relief and World Central Kitchen, which was founded by Vegas-connected chef José Andrés (his Strip restaurants include Bazaar Meat at SLS and at the Cosmopolitan: Jaleo and é by José Andrés). The groups are delivering more than 5,000 meals a day.

This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.