Rim Fire repairs underway

Written by Union Democrat staff October 01, 2013 12:30 pm

The Rim Fire’s Burned Area Emergency Response team may begin the bulk of recovery efforts with new federal funding granted Monday, while fire crews continue to monitor the last 8 percent of the Rim Fire perimeter that remains uncontained in Yosemite National Park.

The fire’s size this morning remained at 257,135 acres. It was 92 percent contained. 

Crews rehabilitating fire lines, road crews and the BAER team assessors began work weeks ago.

Monday, the BAER team — specializing in burned area soil management — was given federal approval to move forward with its erosion and watershed recovery. 

The team received $4.2 million, according to a statement released yesterday. 

Most of the money, $3.14 million, will go to road and trail recovery. This includes restoring drainage, culverts and water bars and road and trail stabilization. 

The next largest sum — $775,000 — will go to “land treatments,” like clearing fire fuels, removing noxious weeds and protecting “cultural resources” like historical structures.

The next monetary priority is protection and safety, at $274,000. The team will clear trees, put up signs and create temporary barriers for closures. It will spend the second-to-last fund of $10,000 to monitor their work.

Finally, crews will work to stabilize Bear Gully with $5,600. 

Also yesterday, new forest closure boundaries were set. To read the detailed description and for fire updates, visit www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3660/.