A forum about the Rim fire, which has burned about a quarter-million acres in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, is set for Friday in Sonora.
It is sponsored by the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, a pro-logging group that has long urged aggressive thinning of dense timber stands to reduce the risk.
The fire has burned 257,126 acres, the third-largest in state history. It grew fast after its Aug. 17 start, believed to be from a hunter's campfire, but has leveled off in the last couple of weeks.
Fire officials had some good news Monday: The weekend storm that dumped 0.6 inches of rain in the fire region apparently did not cause erosion, which is a major concern on the 7% of the burn area with severe soil damage.
If you go
Catastrophic Wildfire and Our Community
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Mother Lode Fairgrounds, along Highway 49 just south of downtown Sonora
• Keynote address by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, whose district takes in the fire area.
• Watershed restoration, Professor Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California at Merced.
• Restoration of private forest land, Dan Tomascheski of Sierra Pacific Industries and Steve Brink of the California Forestry Association.
• Restoration of public forest land, William Snyder of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Barnie Gyant of the U.S. Forest Service.
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