If everything had gone according to plan, Mary Davison, an 81-year-old long-distance hiker, may have died in the Mosquito fire.
Her goal of tackling hundreds of miles of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail this summer led her right into the thick of California’s biggest blaze of the year, which has burned more than 76,000 acres.
But Davison’s trip was delayed a few days as she tried to miss the worst of California’s scorching heat wave at the beginning of the month.
“If I had gone then, I would have been in the fire or trapped by the fire,” Davison said Friday from under a juniper tree in eastern Nevada on another part of the American Discovery Trail.
The Mosquito fire, which broke out Sept. 6, has continued to burn through historically dry vegetation in Placer and El…
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