As I took a break on the summit of Observation Peak in the Trapper Creek Wilderness, a small wildfire was burning below.
Many times over the years I’ve been able to spot wildfires while hiking in wilderness areas during the summer and early fall.
One early morning I rounded a corner in the trail to Mt. Aix and ran into a bunch of smoke jumpers taking a break. They assured me that the lightning-caused wildfire was out and it was safe to keep hiking.
It turned out they were a crew from Fairbanks who worked for my old friend Dan. Small world indeed!