The circular area is where a pine once stood, but the fire burned it down even through the root system....However check out the well baked mud wasp nest that surved the inferno..Must be it was a hollow tree.
This Cottonwood and Flame Sumac are well over six feet tall, this area was barren in March. There are zillions of cottonwood trees here, there were zero as far as I know before the fire. There is even a Black Willow to the left and no water nearby.
Depiste the dry conditions, there are lots of wildflowers. Blue waterleaf is found in damp soils and it is thriving in the ash enriched soils near the toad ponds