Ryan. I have been following this pretty close for the last couple of months, and I think you will be fine going in August. The crews are working very fast on clearing out the damage. In a rare common sense decision from our government, they are allowing private companies to come in and do clearing of the trees out in return for letting them keep the lumber for resale or firewood. The decision to allow outside contracters and workers in will easily double or triple the speed in which this mess will get cleaned up. You may run into a few problem areas, but the worst sections should be clear by then.
The damage was done by a series of micro-burst storms in the region in November. It was similar to the damage that happened several years ago near Deer Meadows area that had a one-two punch of a fire one year and a micro-burst storm soon after knocking down hundreds of trees in that area. It was a pain to navigate around the downed trees, but not a show-stopper.