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.
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...