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The purpose of this post-Woolsey Fire project is to examine the relationship between soil respiration in areas of cool burns and hot burns relative to individuals of Heteromeles Arbutifolia. It was hypothesized that the soil subjected to a cooler burn would have greater respiration rates due to increased survival of microorganisms compared to a hotter burn. An Li-6800 CO2 Flux Chamber was used to collect measurements for several replicates. Significance was detected in the “Day 3” data, with the soil respiration higher at the cool burn site. Temperature and soil flux also varied directly. In the future experiments including increasingly comprehensive data are recommended for further investigation on the success of soil respiration.