A week ago I talked about hearing sirens and how sometimes here that means there’s a brush fire in the area.
After the fire’s gone, large areas can be left scorched and burnt. This in turn leads to all kinds of problems from mudslides and flooding if there should be heavy rain, even months later. (Now however, we would probably trade the mudslide danger for the heavy rain and take our chances.)
While we think of the burn area as being all black, burnt, and smelling of soot and smoke — and that really is the way it is for the most part — given a couple of months Mother Nature will come back and some of it starts to look quite stunning.