Can’t say I am a forestry or wildfire expert, and I believe there are debates among the experts over these issues. But it did occur to me that the many downed trees referred to may be due to higher temperatures, drought, insects, etc., rather than not enough fires. The trees become weaker, and more likely to go down in a winter storm. I certainly don’t remember the many downed trees across the trails after every winter that are normal now back in the 1970’s. Also, mature forests don’t usually have much brush on the ground, they tend to be more park-like, because of the weak sunlight. I would like to know the sources for some of the comments made.