On my way home from the House Blond's track meet at Mt San Antonio College last night, I could see billowing smoke and the eerie glow of this fire for a dozen miles. The fire is burning at the south end of Highway 71 in an area behind Prado Dam that we used to call Green River.
Prado Dam was built to create a retaining basin on the Santa Ana River after the massive floods in the 1930's that inundated much of Orange County. I don't know if all that riparian environment existed before the dam was built or not, but today it is a vast area of green open space in an increasingly urbanized area of Riverside County.
I was the worst Boy Scout ever, but I loved the camping part of it. My one forte, was food. For my entire tenure with BSA I was in charge of the campout menu and our patrol ate well on account of it. One of the better outings was the Boy Sprout Camporee back in behind the dam somewhere. As I recall, it was quite a hike to get to it. The thrill for us vagrant yoots that weekend was crossing the Santa Ana River on a rope bridge. A lot of dads put a lot of work into making that happen for us boys. Something we probably didn't appreciate as much as we do now.