California has its dry spells and wild fires are a result.
Did you ever wonder how plants return to an area that was burned out in a wild fire?
Chaparral plants have actually adapted to infrequent fires. Some even require fire to re-sprout. The “yellow rock rose” seeds need 250 degrees of heat for 5+ minutes to germinate. You can only get that kind of heat from a fire! Some other species use chemicals leached from charred wood and smoke to stimulate seed growth.
1 – 2 years after a fire: annuals flood a just scorched area.
3+ years after a fire: shrubs re-seed and re-sprout, but take a long time to grow.
Mother Nature has her mysteries…