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New shade of green

New shade of green

Top photo: Two hours after the Aspen Fire roared across the village of Summerhaven 10 years ago, the remains of Cabins and Cookies smoldered and continued to burn. Today, in the bottom photo, the rebuilt and renamed Mt. Lemmon Cookie Cabin offers an inviting atmosphere. The fire destroyed 31…

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New shade of green

New shade of green

Left: Ash runoff from the Aspen Fire in June 2003 fouled Sabino Creek in Marshall Gulch south of Summerhaven. At right, the creek is clear and sparkling today. With fewer trees to command water from the ground, springs on the mountain are flowing, even into late spring,

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New shade of green

New shade of green

Top: As the Aspen Fire bore down on Summerhaven in June 2003, firefighters were evacuated to the Box Camp trailhead, where they watched the fire consume the town. Today, at bottom, the site looks much he same, minus the frightening cloud of billowing smoke. Farther up the mountain in the vil…

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