Mine Tales

From a vantage point in the Tortolita Mountains, the Santa Catalinas can be seen in the distance, with the white prominence of the chalk mine visible at left.

A controlled burn is planned for the Tortolita Mountains Wednesday, barring severe weather conditions, to eliminate invasive species of trees.

The burn is part of a clean-up project at Carpenter Ranch, which is adjacent to a Pima County preserve north of Tortolita Mountain Park.

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Residents may see smoke in the area, Pima County officials said. The burn should conclude on Thursday.


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.