Summer Sequester Travel: Fire!

Jun 17, 2013
Outside Magazine

   Photo: USFWS/Southeast via Flickr

The Cuts: The Forest Service will have 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer fire engines this year. The agency is also cutting back on thinning and prescribed burning in certain areas, which may increase the risk of wildfire outbreaks.

The Fix: The West is in the middle of a multi-year drought that’s contributed to record-setting fires. The National Fire Protection Association predicts this year will be no different. To avoid it, stick to parks on the coasts—like Everglades, Acadia, Isle Royale, and Olympic—and visit public lands in the midwest and northeast, which are listed as having “very low” fire danger this summer.

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