More than 20 helicopters and air tankers were aiding the efforts.
Herman says the group's decision to abort their hike was a good one.
The rendezvous truck they had left at the end of the trail was nothing by a burnt shell after the fire roared through Lake Eleanor.
The group made it out safely on Monday. Hermanson's dad provided the ride home for the crew.
And the llamas?
"They were sneezing a lot. I think they may have been bothered by the smoke."