RIM FIRE : One Year After
The Rim Fire started in a remote area of the Groveland Ranger District on August 17, 2013 from a hunter’s illegal campfire. Over the next several weeks it burned over 400 square miles, including 241 square miles on the Stanislaus National Forest, becoming the third largest wildfire in California history.
The Rim Fire burned so hot in some areas - 5 to 10 times hotter than boiling water - that it changed soil chemistry and structure. Nearly 100,000 acres, about 40% of the fire area, resulted in high vegetation severity. Ecologists say that it could take 30 to 50 years for the forest to reestablish itself naturally to mature trees in these areas.
Photos here show the work has completed related to the Rim Fire Recovery project on harvesting fire-killed timber and removing hazard trees adjacent to road.
During my two-night and three-day stay at San Jose Family Camp near Highway 120, I only saw one squirrel, and a few birds in the area. You just couldn’t help but notice the quietness in the fire devastated areas.
September 2014 @ Stanislaus National Forest