I am on the "when in doubt, gas it" side of the fence. You have a 50/50 chance either way and with a pack of riders at your back it is more than likely that you would have a pile up in the wrong spot ( in the middle of a wildfire) if you were to hit the brakes.
sounds like you made the right decision.
2004 1150 RT-P
2001 Suzuki SV 650S