The amount debris on the forest floor in many areas due to the lack of nature fires over the years set the forest up for fires like El Dorado, Lake, Apple and Old. Johns Meadow used to have downed trees everywhere and the last time I hiked up from there to San Bernardino Peak the old trail was covered by a foot of pine needles shortly after you left Johns Meadow. I read (or heard) that this are hasn’t burned for 90 years.
The fire crews are working very hard and I appreciate everything they have and continue to do to fight these fires. Having helped with the BAER team after the Old fire I understand some of the risks and difficulties these men and women face working to save our forest and properties.