As the Aspen Fire barreled up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven in June, 2003, a home on Phoenix Avenue fell to the flames – one of more than 300 structures destroyed. David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star
Northwest Fire District crew members take a breather along the Marshall Gulch trail as slurry planes drop their loads on the next ridge during the Aspen Fire in June, 2003.
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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will immediately furlough 1,604 civilian employees and scale back some base services as a result of the shutdown.
Aspen trees show their fall colors at the Alpine Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon. The Fall colors are in full bloom. Photo by David Sanders. 10/23/98.
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.
Corona de Tucson and Three Points firefighters battle to save a house on Phoenix Avenue near Carter Canyon Road.
Daniela Guerrero, 4, enjoys the playground equipment at First Avenue Elementary School as waves of smoke from the Aspen Fire blow over San Manuel, reducing the sun to a dim glow.
An air tanker's retardant is spread ahead of flames early in the fire's progress. But the fire soon made such efforts look puny.
As the Aspen Fire barrels up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven, a home on Phoenix Avenue falls to the flames – one of more than 300 structures destroyed. Losing them frustrated firefighters who were trained to save buildings but forced by flames to fall back.
Part of the recovery effort from the Aspen Fire involved collecting some of the items that have been salvaged and are in widely varying condition.
Smoke from the Aspen Fire on Mount Lemmon is visible from miles away. This photo was taken from the east side of town.
Dani Hayhurst holds a picture of the interior of one of her cabins before it was destroyed by the Aspen Fire. Dani and Pat Hayhurst lost two cabins, and rebuilding, for them, is a tribute to the past.
The Aspen Fire consumes two homes close together near Phoenix Avenue and East Carter Canyon in Summerhaven.
A chimney stack is all that remains of one house, while an undamaged home is seen in the background near the intersection of Phoenix Avenue and East Carter Canyon Road.
Brenda Young and Sharon Brady watch the Aspen Fire from Two O'Clock Hill in Oracle, which firefighters shielded with fuel breaks and intentional burns.
The road up Mount Lemmon is closed due to white-out conditions.
Corona de Tucson and Three Points firefighters battle to save a house on Phoenix Avenue near Carter Canyon Road in Summerhaven during the Aspen Fire in 2003.