The Rim Fire burned 400 square miles mostly in Tuolumne County from the middle of August to the end of September.
Fallen trees, barren ground, and damaged roads made the prospect of cleanup uncertain with winter on the way.
Pam Baltimore of the U.S. Forest Service says the drought has actually been a help because recovery crews haven't been hampered by normal winter weather.
"They had just a couple of days, the first part of December, that they were not able to get in but the snow went away quickly and they've been able to get in and out as they need to," says Baltimore.
Baltimore says crews are installing culverts to aid runoff and they're clearing debris.
The Rim Fire was the third largest fire in California's history and Baltimore says even short term recovery could take two to five years.
Thousands of wine enthusiasts are gathering in downtown Sacramento this week at the nation's largest wine and grape tradeshow. Experts highlighted "sustainability" as a growing trend in the industry.
The dry January has expanded the severity of drought in California and Nevada.
Yosemite National Park officials said Wednesday that a rare red fox was seen by park biologists.
Robots may soon be pulling weeds on Central Valley farms. UC Davis researchers received $2.7 million dollars from the USDA.
The fourth year of drought in California has some state wine grape growers that rely on groundwater 'concerned' about the upcoming season.