Work will help cut wildfire risk, improve habitat.
Abundant monsoon moisture has left the mountains looking lush and green.
Close to 300,000 trees, mostly junipers and oaks, would likely be cleared on public land in the Santa Rita Mountains if the proposed Rosemont Mine is built.
The following editorial appeared Friday in the Los Angeles Times:
An air tanker — one of 10 — drops fire retardant on the Bullock Fire. The slurry is a mixture of water, chemical fire inhibitors and crimson dye that shows pilots what's already been hit.
In this image from video, smoke and flames from the Gibson fire draw near to the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) atop Mount Graham near Safford, Ariz., Saturday, July 3, 2004. The observatory's third and largest telescope is partly finished, but for the second time in eight years a forest fi…
A Sky Crane helitanker retrieves fire retardant from tanks at a mixture base before making another run at the Gibson Fire outside Safford.
Jim Bell, center, and Austin Peck, right, of Northwest Fire work near the Noon Creek Campground.
Flames race up a ridgeline in the Pinaleno Mountains, where the Nuttall and Gibson fires grew to 27,000 acres Thursday.
Stuart Rodeffer, of Tucson's Northwest Fire and Rescue, moves a propane tank away from a burning home.
Fire engulfs ponderosa pines off Forest Road 322 in Aripine.
A Corona de Tucson firefighter flees wind-driven flames near a hot spot at a girls camp off Forest Road 322 in Aripine.
Leroy Day and his wife, Jeanne Mayer, both firefighters with the Mount Lemmon Fire Department, rebuild their home in 2004 after the Aspen Fire. In the background is their neighbor's home. Many homes along North Ajo in Summerhaven were destroyed by the Aspen Fire.
Incident commander Andy Miller of the Casa Grande Fire Department gives the morning briefing to the couple hundred firefighters from throughout Arizona gathered for the Pima/Pinal Interagency Wildland Drill in Oracle, north of Tucson.
Chris Dawson from the Northwest Fire District refolds a test personal-emergency shelter after using it during a drill. Some of the state and local agencies participating have already fought early fires this season.
ORACLE - More than a dozen local, state and federal firefighting agencies gathered Tuesday to train for what could be an active fire season in Southern Arizona.
Fort Bragg soldier killed while sky diving
Aspens have already begun to sprout up in places on Mt. Lemmon burned over by the Aspen Fire. Here, a cabin in Summerhaven already has a grove of the young trees next to it. Photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2005, by Chris Richards, Arizona Daily Star.
Customers and well-wishers mill around shortly after the grand reopening of the Mt. Lemmon General Store & Gift Shop in Summerhaven, AZ., Saturday June 19, 2004. Photo by Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star
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