I hiked the Rimrock trail from the western trailhead off 4635-146 yesterday. When I got out of my truck, I smelled something smoky. When I looked across the road, there is a campsite there and the fire pit was smoldering. I went over to check it out and whoever had camped there had not put out their fire before leaving. It appeared to have been smoldering for a while, and was a couple feet outside of the fire ring.
I did the best I could to put it out, using all the water I had. I even went down to the swampy area near the trailhead to see if I could get more water but it was pretty much dried up. I did the best I could to put it out and then headed out. On my way back home I stopped at the Ripplebrook store and told them about it and they called and I talked to someone about it. They said they would send someone out to investigate it. I told them it probably needed someone with more water than I had. Since it is now raining up there today it is probably fine, but I would hate for that to have gotten out of hand.
Secondly, while I was up on the overlook, I saw this strange plume to the West/Southwest (it is a grainy photo since I zoomed in):
When I got home I looked for any fires in that general vicinity and found none. But it sure looked like a forest fire to me.
Be careful with fire out in the woods....
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