Funny you should resurrect this thread todayJPB. Today I drove through one of the affected areas, for the first time since Feb.
Acres of pine plantations, completely brown. The heat that must have been generated from that doesn't bear thinking about.
Many of the native species have fared better and have greened up. Still a lot of black to be seen, even some black, bare soil - five months after the event.
And yes, I hope there are some lessons we can learn. I'm not sure we can prevent the fires, although I know of some policy reversals that would help, but communication improvements can possibly prevent some deaths when it happens.