Camping in a forest fire...

Old 05-25-12, 11:33 AM
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Camping in a forest fire...

Before I get any hopes up, it didn't happen, but almost would be this weekend.

Was heading up to an area ~50 miles (as the crow flies) with a good buddy of mine on a biking/hiking camping trip. My buddy is an airplane mechanic for the MNR (water bombers, etc) and had to cancel because he's working tons of overtime due to all the forest fires.

Interesting enough, I looking into where the fires are in respect to where we where going. We would have been driving right into the middle of a number of uncontrolled forest fires. The fires are west, north and east of where we where going and because we where driving up from the south, we would not have hit any roadblocks or anything.

So... What would you do if you had gone on this trip (via logging road) and found the fires had closed the only road out?

The place we where going to is called Ishpatina Ridge if you would like a locational point of reference.
Old 05-25-12, 12:12 PM
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I don't have any real useful advice but I'm not sure I'd want to go camping when there are any fires in the areas

If you must go, I'd be inclined to have your buddy get some of his fire fighting friends to tag along
Old 05-25-12, 01:23 PM
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Find a lake or a stream...get out the reflective blankets (you have those don't you?)...and hunker down.

Oh...that and activate my GPS emergency
Old 05-25-12, 06:31 PM
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SIL just finished a bear hunting trip to a remote place near Juneau. Every day he would send a beacon that emailed me a map showing his location and a short message. One day "We're OK" next "bear down". He called it SPOT. I think the service is $150 a year, but would be nice to have in a situation like you mention, in addition to a rescue helicopter friend.

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