Got out and rode most of the local trails on the north end of town today (the only part I missed was the ridge trail). They were doing a controlled/prescribed burn on both kubler langford and barton park. I was amazed they didn't close the trails for this. I saw some trucks parked out by the entrance to kubler langford, but no signs saying that the park was closed, so I rode on in as usual. All of a sudden on the left side of the trail, I see burned out underbrush and ashes everywhere. I cruise around the bend and see the fire still burning in the underbrush. I bypassed the cutt-off to get to the prarie of kubler langford since everything was on fire and I didn't want to fall into some hot embers.
As I near the top of the hill, I see a guy with fire-fighter pants and a tank on his back so I stop and ask him if it's ok for me to be there, and he just says "Yeah, we're just burnin' today is all. You might want to stay out of the prarie, but we're not burning into the woods at all."
So I say, "OK, I guess I'll be on my way then." I rode around the outside of K-L and headed over to Barton park, where they were no longer burning, but there was ash and burnt out areas all along sections of the trail. All together, it was a pretty surreal experience, but very cool... other than the fact that to my lungs it felt like I was riding a trainer in a smoke-filled pub.