The timing of the fires from a quail's perspective was of a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde fashion. On the one hand large areas are devoid of nesting cover here on the eve of the nesting season. On the other hand, had the areas burned in December a quail would have more threats (migratory raptors) than they might encounter now that the Cooper's hawks and Northern harriers have likely moved further north. And if La Nina doesn't relinquish its grip soon, the nesting season will likely be toast, even on sites that didn't burn. So how long will it take quail to repopulate such areas? The answer hinges on several factors, including soil type, plant community, scale of the fire (on your respective property), rainfall, and post-burn grazing management. Selah--take stock of which of those are under your direct control--only grazing management. Forewarned is forearmed.