THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – As plants slowly grow back at the site of this year’s Springs Fire, scientists are hoping against hope that a rare succulent found only in the Santa Monica Mountains will be among the blooms.
The Ventura County Star reports the Verity’s liveforever, a threatened species, could be found in just eight spots in the mountains, all in the footprint of the May wildfire.
In assessments so far researchers have been able to locate just 10 plants that looked untouched by flames. But those plants were dried out and it’s unclear whether they are dead or will come back after some rain.
Researchers say the fire occurred during the plant’s growth season and likely before it spread seeds.
The fire charred 38 square miles of brush along coastal Ventura County.