LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On the same day firefighter Michael Clark downloaded the social media app TikTok, he went viral for posting a response to what he calls a "crazy" and "bizarre" video laying out a wildfire conspiracy theory.
"I woke up to thousands and thousands of views and likes."
When it comes to wildfires, Clark knows what he's talking about. A former Marine, he's worked as a wildland firefighter for the past three years, now based in Hawaii. And that first viral video has led to more attention on social media.
"I absolutely love this job and anything I can do with my two seconds of fame to create awareness for something good, that's what I'm going to try to do."
And he's doing it, creating a 2021 calendar that will feature 12 smoking hot firefighters, including him. He says he already has six firefighters in the mix and is still accepting submissions.
All the proceeds will go to the Eric Marsh Foundation, which supports the families of fallen wildland firefighters.
"A majority of them are seasonal firefighters which means they only fight fire in the summer and they're not included in the benefits of a full-time firefighter. Which means when they die, their families have this huge burden."
Clark is trying to ease that burden for families with a good old-fashioned hot firefighter fundraising campaign.