Not to be confused with Freestone
the root cause of so many fires is simple to understand--if you're willing to actually sit back and read it, rather than just blow it off.
1. the Forest "Service" has for about the last century focused on suppression, rather than thinning.
2. Forest "Service" personnel have not been able to thin dead trees with any success. Reason-they get sued constantly by some treehugger bunch which wants "nature" to run it's course (I've seen this around here at least for the last decade).
3. Dead wood eventually dries out
4. And then we get lightning storms in the mountains.
5. Every time-without exception (at least locally), when they propose a controlled burn, refer to #2 above.
Take the Jack Creek fire currently burning in Alpine Lakes: no effort whatsoever was made to put the thing out, No aircraft drops when it was small, no personnel (it's really rough country there, so I don't fault them for that), and now it's over 3,000 acres and growing. Pretty much the same situation for the rest of the fires locally. A few, like the Jolly Mountain fire are being actively fought with over 700 firefighters. The rest of them are just being "monitored", with an estimated "containment" date of the middle of October, when they'll be rained out.
I'll grant that "climate change" might have been responsible for the bark beetle infestation, but intelligent management would have seen the necessity of removing the dead wood to prevent a fuel overload--notice I said "intelligent".
The "let it burn" policy has been around since the early 70's. Combine that with the decision not to thin fuel loads in high risk areas and we have man-made fire change. Every action has an equal an opposite reaction... or in this case unintended consequences.