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Local woodlands are incubating carpets of spindly fire poppies; Phacelia, a knee-high annual with fern-like leaves and blue flowers; and California lilac, a shrub. Unusual plants that stun even naturalists are literally born in the furnace-like flames as their seed pods split from contact with chemicals released by smoke. The canyons that border Santa Clarita – Placerita, Towsley and Whitney – have been whipped by wildfires in the past several years. They form part of the same wildlife corridor, a section of undeveloped land between the Santa Susana and San Gabriel mountains. Months or years after firestorms, moonscape-bare hills erupt with dense regrowth and profusions of colorful blooms. Flames cracked open the brittle, spindly fire poppy seeds in Placerita after the Foothill Fire. “(Seeds) can sit in the ground for decades until the fire blows through,” said Wendy Langhans, a naturalist with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. SANTA CLARITA – Everyone knows that raging wildfires can blacken miles of hillsides, incinerate whole communities and destroy the habitat for hundreds of species. But few are aware of fire’s bounty – in the form of rare wildflowers and other colorful plants that sprout up, often just briefly, years after a blaze tears through an area. “What people can see now, 2 1/2 years after the Foothill Fire in July 2004, is all these fire-following species coming up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre natural park. “The species will only be here for a few more years and will disappear … It may be decades before you will be able to see them again.” Langhans will lecture on fire ecology and lead a nature walk in Placerita Canyon in April, pointing out burned areas in the process of recovery. The diminutive plant expert still marvels at the 6-foot-tall fire heart plant that towered over her near Towsley Creek two years after the Simi Fire touched down there. “I have never seen it before,” she said. One year after a burn, the plant sends up foliage; the following year, whitish-pink flowers crown the tall stalk. “It’s a monster,” she said. “It’s huge.” For more information about the nature walk, contact Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel at (661) 259-2743 or e-mail her at Juliebear@aol.com. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!