A few years ago I wrote a short post about Planing Your Escape Route. I recommended that when evaluating an escape route I suggested that the hiker consider several elements.
First, take a look at your topographic map and tail guides to determine potential escape routes. Evaluate the terrain. Are there barriers due to slope and vegetation? This is especially true should the hiker need to “bush whack” cross country. A conversation with a ranger can be invaluable.
Right now my home state of Oregon is ablaze with wild fires. Fires are everywhere. Here is an overview of all the fires as of 8/30/2017.
Just recently over 100 hikers found them selves stranded as fire closed their trail and were trapped between blazes. They have been rescued, they survived and they are lucky.