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Dry Weather Speeds Rim Fire Cleanup

Landscape scarred by the Rim Fire in 2013.


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.


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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio