We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am thinking that you did not look at the awesome wildfire pictures on krem.com.
For the folks that live in the area these fires and smoke are not a good thing.
It is very true though that the policy has been to prevent these forest fires for many many years now and the National Forest areas have lots and lots of dry fuel built up, like knee deep pine needles, because of that policy and there are no easy answers to the wildfire threat.
Anyways, in regards to NY state road trips, I have been on the following site for way too long this AM and I have to get to work.