Post-fire Vegetation Recovery
A Diversity of Fire Regimes
While California is, on the whole, a Mediterranean climate system, the sheer size of the state, and the extreme topography, ranging from the lowest to the highest points in the contiguous United States, means, that there is a huge diversity of plant communities - and hence, a diversity of fire regimes, and a huge variation in the way fire can be managed in different systems. This 2017 study from the California Fire Science Consortium gives a good overview of different drivers of fire.
California's forest systems are unique. While most of our vegetation in Southern California is dominated by chaparral and various types of sage scrub, coniferous forest may be found at higher elevations. Here are a number of fire recovery resources developed for these systems. Fire recovery in forest ecosystems