Diablo Recovery

One Year After the Morgan Fire: The Recovery in Photos

September 8, 2014


This article is part of a monthly series of photos and articles on the transformation of Mount Diablo following the 2013 Morgan Fire, funded by special donations from Bay Nature readers. You can find our stories, as well as event listings, iNaturalist sightings, and magazine features, at baynature.org/diablo.


n September 8, 2013, a wildfire hit the eastern slope of Mount Diablo. Over the next four days, it would spread to more than 3,000 acres, making it the largest fire on the mountain since 1977.

On the one-year anniversary of what came to be called the 2013 Morgan Fire, there’s good news to report.  “The regeneration has been incredible,” says state park environmental scientist Cyndy Shafer, “even in a drought year.”

The videos below tell the tale in pictures. Slide shows of only a minute each, they highlight a year’s worth of changes in Diablo’s charred grassland, woodland, and chaparral habitats. See for yourself how the mountain has bounced back.

Slideshow photos by Scott Hein, Seth Adams, and Joan Hamilton.




About the Author

Joan Hamilton is producer of Audible Mount Diablo, a podcast for people who love the outdoors and want to know more about the plants, animals, and history of the Bay Area. Her interest in fires was sparked by the 2013 Morgan Fire in Mount Diablo State Park. She wrote two articles and numerous web posts for Bay Nature about nature's recovery from that conflagration, and has been a fire follower ever since. Most recently, she's been working on Diablo Range Revealed, a series that explores life in the inland coast range after the SCU Lightning Complex fire. You can find evidence at savemountdiablo.org/learn/diablo-range-revealed/.