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 U.S. agency says western U.S. snowpack dropped at "record speed" during April as average temperatures in the contiguous U.S. were 4.0°F above average from January through April 2016.
The fight against illegal tire dumping in California will get a little more muscle. CalRecycle, the state's recycling agency, announced today that it's awarding $5.7 million to 36 local jurisdictions for managing used tires and waste.
A new invasive species of tumbleweed is rapidly spreading across California. And yes, tumbling is one of the reasons.
A bill introduced in the California Assembly would ban certain rat and mouse poisons that harm people and wildlife.
(AP) - The state of Nevada is dropping 15 years of opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's push to add a toxic, World War II-era copper mine to the priority list of the most polluted Superfund sites in the nation.