A group of scientists are studying the Rim Fire's effects and looking for positives among ruins.
Almost 150 scientists comprise Point Blue Conservation Services. Their work is to understand how ecosystems are affected by human and natural driven changes.
Point Blue scientist Ryan Burnett says the fire affected a number of their study sites.
"We'll be able to go back to the sites where we have five years of data looking at the bird community in the green forest to see how that bird community changes as a result of the fire," Burnett said.
Land damaged by the Rim Fire will be teeming with life a few years according to Point Blue.
While the Pacific Fisher Weasel and Great Owl have suffered habitat loss, Point Blue says species like the Black-backed Woodpecker and the Mountain Bluebird, are some of the many species that will benefit from the Rim Fire.