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.
A study published June 16 by UC Davis and other researchers shows that wild bee diversity is declining. The researchers said steps must be taken to conserve them -- and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
The company responsible for the crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast said Wednesday that cleanup costs are $3 million a day.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.