Wildfires are a factor in the modern American West.
It is not if a wildfire will happen. It is WHEN.
And wildfires aren’t just affecting Western hiking. Fires can, and have, affect such places as the Smokies in our increasingly hotter and drier climates.
Be it human caused or by a lightning strike, the combination of drier trees, parched ground cover, and lack of moisture means fires can impact an area severely and spread rapidly.
People have to be evacuated, closures can happen, and much money in damage is caused.
From an outdoor person’s perspective, these wildfires can impact our recreation time.
A planned trip to the local mountains this past weekend became a climbing trip due to wildfires.
But what if you are coming from out of state to Colorado or going to another location?
How do you know what impact the fires is causing or even what fires are even happening?
The answer is the Incident Information System. Commonly known as InciWeb
InciWeb is a clearing house of all current fires, be it natural, human-caused, or prescribed burns.
When planning a trip, keeping the possibility of fires in mind must be done.
It could be something as simple as taking a different stove… or even ultimately planning a different trip.
Wildfires are now a common concern for any outdoor experience.
InciWeb helps mitigate some of the uncertainty for these trips in our newer reality.