Maria Benech of the U.S. Forest Service surveys a severely burned patch of forest. Almost 40 percent of the burned area looks similar. Lauren Sommer/KQED hide caption

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One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

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A charred tree rests on the forest floor after being sawn down to a stump Friday. Firefighters are still working to contain the Rim Fire, which is now the third-largest wildfire in California's history. Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service hide caption

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A charred caution sign just outside of California's Yosemite National Park. David McNew /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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