It was a gorgeous day for hiking on the prairie - cool and mostly cloudy - and rain threatened all day but never arrived. Responding to recent precipitation, the grass and other flora are showing new life. Lots of ATVs on the roads - one group of 21 machines passed us leaving a mist of dust and exhaust that lingered for a hundred yards. We saw an antelope, a coyote and several grouse but no other hikers.
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.