No two wildfire burn scars are exactly alike, and how burned lands recover can depend upon how they are rehabilitated.
While I was hiking in Taos, New Mexico this weekend I came across an old burn scar, from the Vinateria fire in 1967, that shocked me: From faraway, it looked barely regrown, after 46 years.
The landscape in the area was rugged, rocky, and dry. The forest was piñon. I haven’t been able to find out any information about the actual fire itself, but I doubt there was much done to rehabilitate the land, such as the Coalition for the Upper South Platte has done for the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar.
Take a look at the burn scar, only a small portion (to the right of the sign):
And here’s a closer look: