Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hike through the Grantville Nature Preserve and witness the devastation and destruction of a bush fire. This preserve was burned by a fast-moving bushfire 4 weeks ago. What I found there was not what I expected.
I expected black trees and little else. What I found were black trucks and dead leaves and the forest floor thick with ash and soot.
I also discovered many many grass trees that I had not know were there. The grass trees are indigenous only to Australia and are not related to grass nor trees. They are more related to Lilies believe it or not. They are a very hardy plant living for 350-450 years and very fire tolerant. As they grow they build a massive debris base around them. You can tell how long ago fire has burned by the size of the debris base. Notice these grass trees have no debris base and are naked. The ground around them has been completely razed by the fire yet they still stand and may even bloom in the next year as a result of the fire.