Off work today (no ot!) so decided to tackle a longer hike. Started out windy, a little chilly at 0835 headed in a clockwise direction. Once past the Gateway Loop Trail did not see another hiker for a long while. Stopped on the trail only three times, twice to talk to hikers, once to take pics of a small snake near Bell Pass. My camera battery was dead so will attempt to upload pics from my smartphone. Nice easy hike, like to do it again. Fast pace, little over three hours.
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.