Wildfires are Always a Concern


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!

Wildfire

Wildfire

View from Sister Rock (iPhone camera)

View from Sister Rock (iPhone camera)

Exquisite blue berry of a Queen Cup Lily

Exquisite blue berry of a Queen Cup Lily

Storm on Mt. St. Helens

Storm on Mt. St. Helens

Wilderness sign-in

Wilderness sign-in

Gentian

Gentian

My pack on the summit of Observation Peak

My pack on the summit of Observation Peak

Canadian Dogwood

Canadian Dogwood

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

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2 comments

  1. The is amazing, that you ran into Dan’s old firejumper crew.

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