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 yellow-legged frog that was once the most abundant amphibian in the Sierra Nevada is now the most rare. But a new study finds the frog population in Yosemite National Park shows signs of slow recovery after decades of severe decline.
About 2,000 people are expected to help remove trash along Sacramento's American River Parkway this Saturday. The Great American River Cleanup is part of Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest annual volunteer event held in mid-September.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today added an historic Amador County gold mine to the list of the nation's worst toxic sites. Argonaut Mine is located west of downtown Jackson. It operated from the 1850s to the early 1940s.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.