Originally Posted by Gerg
I was part of a group that planted about 400+ trees along a trail our Jeep Club maintains. It's been so dry since the fire that there is less than 5% of those trees have survived. It's going to be a VERY long time before trees return to that area.
Part of that is likely due to hydrophobic soil conditions. I don't know the chemistry of it, but after a fire the soil actually repels moisture. The first year of rain will bead and run off, rather than infiltrating. The higher runoff velocity also contributes to erosion and stream sedimentation. Expect some muddy rivers this year, with low fish counts.