Dude, don't fret over the fires, the elk will be fine. The pine beetles and dense forests that need some thinning will burn this year but next year the browse and graze will be twice as healthy. Hunt the burns next year and elk will be feeding in them. Stanley's forests are all half dead anyways. The fires are natures way of healing since we won't mange forests. Elk can't live in dense pines. They need grass. I'm surprised you expect to see elk anyways. Wolves maybe, but elk? just kidding, well for now anyways.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...