Fireworks aren't the only thing to watch out for. Wildfires already are burning in nearly a dozen states throughout the West along with Florida and Alaska.
Dry weather conditions threaten to worsen the situation in many of those areas. As the wildfire season continues to rage, general aviation pilots are advised to check for temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). The size of the TFR can vary depending upon the extent of the fire. During your preflight briefing, specifically ask the flight service briefer for TFRs along your route of flight.
You can also get a quick, easy-to-understand overview of all current and upcoming TFRs with AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner, free to all AOPA members.
To gather more information about wildfires along your route, visit the National Fire News Web site, which provides wildfire locations, sizes, and percent of containment.
July 3, 2006