Annual trip to see the bigtooth maples in full color--I was not at all disappointed! It was a perfect hike, with all the trees (oak, maple, birch) in color. I even saw my first black bear. I must have scared him as he came down to Winter Spring for a drink. The spring is "flowing" at a steady rate. The fall color should last through the next weekend--especially the oaks at Winter Cabin as they are just starting to turn. Driving out FR 538 went through the recent forest fire--this was a very hot fire and let large areas of destroyed trees. But, the Winter Cabin wash was untouched. Too bad, there is alot of deadfall in here.
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.