Rim Fire Forum Set for Friday

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Restoration of forest land scorched by a massive wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park will the main topic at a public forum on Friday in Sonora.

The Fresno Bee reports the forum 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 fire risk.

Republican congressman Tom McClintock will deliver a keynote address and experts will lead discussions on restoring public and private forest land as well as the watershed.

The forum begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

The Rim fire, sparked Aug. 17, consumed about 400 square miles, and researchers say within that footprint are a solid 60 square miles that burned so intensely that everything is dead.

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