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Here's a handy tip to avoid wildfires in the backcountry.
Summer and early fall are high times for backpacking, but they're also prime wildfire seasons. To find out if your destination is safe for hiking, check The Wilderness Society's http://www.wildfirecentral.org. You'll get up-to-date information on current fires, plus the opportunity to update other hikers on blazes you've encountered.