Summerhaven is a small unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson in Pima County, Arizona, United States.As of the 2010 census it had a permanent population of 40. A scorched motorcycle sits along Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven. As part of an interagency large fire management team (type 1) I spent 3 weeks in 2002 (Bullock Fire) and 3 weeks in 2003 (Aspen Fire) on Mt Lemmon fighting fire. All emergency personnel were evacuated to the Box Camp Trailhead where their efforts were reduced to watching. Weapons used in the fight against the Aspen Fire included air power. 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. Mount Lemmon was named in honor of botanist Sarah Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with Native American guides by mule and foot in 1881. 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. Flames flicker just short of some properties, but the fight isn't over. Aspen burn area up close, 2007. Photo — Jayme Kelter When the conditions allow, ski 21 runs in the winter or ride the ski lift for a scenic ride to the top of Mount Lemmon in the summertime. Every once in awhile I will break down and fish for Stripers or Large Mouth Bass, but more than anything... Carp is the enemy to all fishermen in Arizona. Water tenders sit idle ready to provide support for hot spots in Summerhaven. Dick Browning was overjoyed at the sight of his still-standing cabin posted among photos at yesterday's open house meeting for Mount Lemmon residents and business owners at Sabino High School. Mount Lemmon Ski Valley (10300 E. Ski Run Rd. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m), is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States.Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881. High and gusty winds today are expected to fuel the fire … This photo was taken June 23, 2003. Fire on the Mountain A large fire called the Bullock burned parts of Mt. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. The story of the Aspen Fire is a monthlong saga, but its climax comes on the third day, with the destruction of Summerhaven, shortly after 1 p.m. on June 19, 2003. This is a view underneath the canopy of a mixed conifer forest. The village was devastated by the Aspen Fire two days after it started on June 17, 2003. One mile away from Summerhaven is the southernmost ski resort in the United States. On June 17th, 2003, what was named the Aspen Fire, burned for about a month on Mount Lemmon. (October 2016) The Aspen Fire burned from June 17, 2003 for about a month on Mount Lemmon, part of the Santa Catalina Mountains located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, and in the surrounding area. LEMMON – It’s been fifteen years since the Aspen Fire devastated the Summerhaven community atop Mount Lemmon. The Burro Fire is causing evacuations near Tucson, Arizona in the Mt. A giant plume of smoke is created as the Aspen Fire moves into the Mount Lemmon mountain top town of Summerhaven as hotshot crews and firefighters could only watch. (520) 576-1468; Mt Lemmon General Store 12856 N Sabino Canyon Pkwy Mt. The Aspen Fire devastated Summerhaven and Mt. Steve Hulland Jr. and his wife, Samantha, draw support from each other. I am a bait casting, channel Cat angler. Mount Lemmon residents … By Gabriela Rico Arizona Daily Star Nov 25, 2019 Updated Dec 1, 2020 The hotel’s 17 detached 400-square-foot casitas will be built on the site of the former Alpine Lodge, which burned down in 2003. Leroy Day and his wife, Jeanne Mayer, both firefighters with the Mount Lemmon Fire Department, rebuild their home in 2004 after the Aspen Fire. 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. Bob Foster hands his wife, the Rev. The Mount Lemmon Inn was a home for visitors until it was burnt down in the devastating 2003 fire, a month-long fire that burned almost 85,000 acres on Mount Lemmon. The remains of the Alpine Lodge is at right. The Aspen Fire consumes two homes close together near Phoenix Avenue and East Carter Canyon in Summerhaven. MT. The fire on Mount Lemmon has burned at least 26,750 acres and more than 300 homes and businesses -- many of them in the vacation community of Summerhaven and nearby Loma Linda. As firefighters work to hold the fire back from Mount Lemmon, for some, it’s hard to hold back memories of the disastrous Aspen Fire that destroyed much of Summerhaven 17 years ago. I love it when I am talking to people who moved to Arizona twenty years ago from Minnesota or Michigan or even Tennessee or Texas. Mount Lemmon deputies have shut down Molino campground and Mt. Lemmon, was forever changed when the Aspen fire ravaged the area in June, 2003. An excellent history of the mountain with maps and photographs. Member Blog item created by Bryan Baugh, Oct 16, 2016. Lemmon, AZ 85619 After the Aspen fire in 2003, cabins and business were better built to face fire. Photo — Jayme Kelter Aspen burn area up close, 2010. Lemmon in 2003. Half the destroyed homes and business on Mount Lemmon have been rebuilt, but the forest in which they once sat will take centuries to grow and may never be the same. Losing them frustrated firefighters who were trained to save buildings but forced by flames to fall back. Lemmon in 2003. SUMMERHAVEN - Ten years after fire destroyed two-thirds of the homes in this alpine village,…, At least 325 of 340 structures, businesses and homes, were lost to the fire. The Aspen Fire in 2003 destroyed their original building and properties. Lightning Desert Shrub / Chaparral Gila 119,500 ac 187 sq.mi. Serves as a warning of an early fire season From ancient paleo-Indians 4,000 years ago, to the complex Hohokam culture a thousand years ago, to the Spaniards of the 1542 Coronado Expedition, to the Apaches and 19th century Mexican and Anglo-American pioneers of Arizona's Territorial Period, to the residents of a 21st century metropolis, Mt. Dani Hayhurst holds a picture of the interior of one of her cabins before it was destroyed by the Aspen Fire. The blaze first sparked on June 17th, 2003. As this picture shows, a forest fire may destroy one area, but leave a nearby area almost completely undamaged. To post comments, simply sign up and become a member! Inadequate forest-thinning and fire prevention measures had left Mount Lemmon … Fire fighters from all across the nation were brought in to contain Arizona’s third largest fire. An air tanker's retardant is spread ahead of flames early in the fire's progress. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m), is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. By Ian Musil & Cara O'Connor Arizona Daily Wildcat Wednesday June 25, 2003. Also found at the peak of the mountain is the Mount Lemmon Observatory. 40; Post Office . See more ideas about Mount lemmon, Lemmon, Picnic spot. Flames from the Aspen Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains encroach on radio towers atop Radio Ridge. It destroyed 340 homes and businesses in Summerhaven. 8,200; Population. As firefighters work to hold the fire back from Mount Lemmon, for some, it’s hard to hold back memories of the disastrous Aspen Fire that destroyed much of Summerhaven 17 years ago. Bighorn Fire sparks memories of 2003 Aspen Fire [Video] The importance of Blue Gill on our Psyche cannot be underestimated. Video by Samantha Munsey / Arizona Daily Star. Mt. Jan 26, 2019 - Explore TucsonTopia's board "Mount Lemmon", followed by 333 people on Pinterest. Lemmon Hotel at the site of the former Alpine Lodge, which burned down in the 2003 Aspen Fire. No structures have been threatened. MT. On June 19, 2003, at about 1 p.m., the Aspen Fire roared through Summerhaven, flames leaping through treetops. Lemmon highway is closed at the base. Their new kitchen is twice as big, and so their menu expanded, too! Alpine Lodge burned down to its foundation. Fueled by the dry vegetated landscape around Mount Lemmon and fanned by gusty desert winds, the wildfire intensified and spread rapidly, consuming more than 25,000 acres and at least 300 homes and businesses in a two-week span. Flames flicker just short of some properties, but the fight isn't over. Employee Jennifer Breed sorts through the rubble for beads and other trinkets at what used to be the Living Rainbow business along Sabino Canyon Parkway in Summerhaven. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain Wednesday June 25, 2003. Fire barriers set since the 2003 Aspen fire have helped protect the … In 2003 (June specifically) 84,750 pristine acres burned to the ground on Mount Lemmon. The fire has moved to Samaniego Ridge and firefighters are keeping an eye on the areas of SaddleBrooke and East Golder Ranch. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m), is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Bighorn Fire map June 17, 2020. The winds -- some gusting up to 60 mph -- forced fire crews to retreat from 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon. Jo Foster, a tea kettle from the kitchen area of their home on Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven. Lemmon in 2002, and other parts were burned in 2003 in the Aspen fire. By September of 2003 85000 acres of this lovely summer getaway was gone. A burned car and the rubble of buildings show the fire's destructiveness along Summerhaven's main drag, where so many Tucsonans once enjoyed the mountain ambience. Quick response kept fire to about five acres. In the background is their neighbor's home. This is a view from Mount Lemmon looking over the top of dead trees burned in the Aspen Fire in 2003. Full size pizzas, chili, sandwiches, and even … Bigelow Prescribed Fire on Mt. Access. Lemmon in the foothills of Redington Pass and as of 8:30 p.m. MDT on Sunday had spread for six miles to within a mile of the Mt. Many homes along North Ajo in Summerhaven were destroyed by the Aspen Fire. About two-thirds of the residences in the community were lost. Posted by Stacey Cochranon Thursday, May 21, 2020 The Busch Fire was about a mile from where the Aspen Fire started in 2003. Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday – on the eve of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Aspen Fire that ravaged Summerhaven in 2003 – Mack and other residents on Mount Lemmon … The community of Summerhaven, atop Mt. Corona de Tucson and Three Points firefighters battle to save a house on Phoenix Avenue near Carter Canyon Road. Mount Lemmon is getting a hotel. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain LEMMON COOKIE CABIN. Mount Lemmon has been fire’s victim for a long time. A large fire called the Bullock burned parts of Mt. People walk through hundreds of trees in 2005 that burned during the 2003 Aspen fire. Photo — Paul Sheppard Aspen burn area from above, 2014. The first edition (2003) is available on Amazon. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m), is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States.Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881. Serves as a warning of an early fire season. TUCSON - A wildfire driven by winds up to 60 mph roared through a southern Arizona mountain community Thursday, burning 200 to 250 homes, a fire official said. This area burned in the Aspen Fire (2003). The 2003 Aspen Fire burned more than 300 … Lemmon in 2002, and other parts were burned in 2003 in the Aspen fire. Aspen Fire: From calm to crazy in minutes. Lemmon area. When the Mount Lemmon Hotel opens in the near future, guests will be able to stay in fully-stocked, individual cabins on the site of the former Alpine Lodge, which burned down in the 2003 Aspen Fire. An aerial view of the Aspen fire buring in the Santa Catalina Mountains is seen from a plane over Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, June 19, 2003. Listen to Arizona Daily Star reporter Tom Beal give his account and observations of the Aspen Fire and current state of Mount Lemmon. Mount Lemmon Cabins & Cookies, which went up in flames, was their family business. SUMMERHAVEN, Ariz. - Seventeen years ago, the Aspen Fire burned through the Mount Lemmon community. Photo by Charlie McDonald. 34,297 ha 325+ 0 0 2004 Willow Fire: Large fire southwest of Payson in the Mazatzal Wilderness. Two years after the devastating fire, homes are being rebuilt in Summerhaven. Jun 13, 2020 - The Aspen Fire devastated Summerhaven and Mt. Lemmon Elevation 9,157 ft (2,791 m)[1] Prominence 5,157 ft (1,572 m)[1] Listing Ultra Location Mount Lemmon is located in Arizona Mount Lemmon Arizona, U.S. October 2016. The remains of the Alpine Lodge in the heart of Summerhaven, just days after the Aspen Fire destroyed much of the village. Here, an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker makes a water drop in Esperero Canyon. Fire equipment and emergency personnel pass the Alpine Lodge as they evacuate Summerhaven just hours before the fire swept through. Since the Bighorn Fire ravaged the Catalina Mountains this summer, the Coronado National Forest closed many of the trails and campgrounds on Mount Lemmon. For now, at least, this is the land of big houses and small trees. Firefighters we…. Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday – on the eve of the 17th anniversary of the start of the Aspen Fire that ravaged Summerhaven in 2003 – Mack and other residents on Mount Lemmon … LEMMON COOKIE CABIN. Heavy smoke envelopes a hotshot crew as firefighters wait for flames to move toward them. Includes chronology of the Aspen fire in 2003, with photographs. In 2003 (June specifically) 84,750 pristine acres burned to the ground on Mount Lemmon. Mount Lemmon Fire District. Fire fighters from all across the nation were brought in to contain Arizona’s third largest fire. Smoke from the Aspen Fire on Mount Lemmon is visible from miles away. The fire was to the west and north of Summerhaven, according to a morning briefing. 60 Personnel are listed as committed to the fire – there were Payson and Geronimo Hot Shot Crew Vehicles at the Box Camp Trailhead on Friday and helicopters dropped water from Rose Canyon Lake. Mount Lemmon From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search … Mount Lemmon Backside.jpg Backside of Mt. Lemmon in 2003. Dick Browning was overjoyed at the sight of his still-standing cabin posted among photos at yesterday's open house meeting for Mount Lemmon residents and business owners at Sabino High School. As firefighters work to hold the fire back from Mount Lemmon, for some, it’s hard to hold back memories of the disastrous Aspen Fire that destroyed much of Summerhaven 17 years ago. In 2004, we rebuilt and changed the name to the Mt. In 2004, we rebuilt and changed the name to the Mt. Summerhaven sits at an elevation of approximately 7,600 to 8,200 feet (2,300 to 2,500 m) above sea level. The Mount Lemmon Fire District is here to provide the residents and visitors of our sky island community with the best Fire and EMS services possible. Fire barriers set since the 2003 Aspen fire have helped protect the community, as has work by firefighters in recent days. Human Aspen / Pine-Oak / Conifer Pima / Pinal: 84,750 ac 132 sq.mi. This tragic fire burned about 84,750 acres (132.4 sq mi) of land. Photo by Charlie McDonald. The Aspen Fire in 2003 destroyed their original building and properties. Aspen burn area up close, 2007. LEMMON, Ariz. — Recovery seems a long way off but when it happens, one expert from the University of Arizona said it could make the Catalinas look very different than before. A crew member of the Sacramento Hot Shots uses a flare to ignite a backburn along the Catalina Highway near the Alder picnic area. The Aspen Fire devastated Summerhaven and Mt. Sunrise near Redington Road. The winds also were too strong and too erratic for an aerial attack. 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. Photo — Paul Sheppard Aspen burn area from below, 2014. The Mount Lemmon Observatory is visible to the left. The fire is estimated at 100 acres. Bighorn Fire sparks memories of 2003 Aspen Fire [Video] Seen from just north of Catalina, the Aspen Fire illuminates the jagged silhouette of the town's namesake. 203 likes. The hotel will feature 17 detached 400-square-foot casitas with kitchen, bathroom, queen-size bed and fold-out couch. This photo was taken June 20, 2003. The Busch Fire was about a mile from where the Aspen Fire started in 2003. 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. ), (520) 576-1321. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Homes are rebuilt in 2005 in Summerhaven and the surrounding area after the Aspen Fire raged through the area. Le mont Lemmon, en anglais Mount Lemmon, est un sommet des États-Unis, le point culminant des monts Santa Catalina en Arizona avec 2 791 mètres d'altitude. Lemmon in … Quick response kept fire to about five acres. This photo was taken from the east side of town. It, unfortunately, also destroyed 340 homes and businesses within Summerhaven, the town located on top of Mount Lemmon. Skip to main content . When the Mount Lemmon Lodge opens in a few years, visitors will have yet another option. Their new kitchen is twice as big, and so their menu expanded, too! Full size pizzas, chili, sandwiches, and even … Located at 8,200 feet, Summerhaven was rebuilt after the devastating Aspen Fire of 2003, and is one of only three communities the AZT passes through the middle of. The lush forest and the vibrant village of Summerhaven were largely reduced to ashes and smoldering rubble. Aerial of what is left of the Alpine Lodge in Summerhaven after the Aspen Fire burned through the town. The Aspen Fire as seen from the east side of Tucson. Gambel oaks are producing the fall colors. Dani and Pat Hayhurst lost two cabins, and rebuilding, for them, is a tribute to the past. Mount Lemmon has been fire’s victim for a long time. 2003 Aspen Fire: Fire on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains burned through the town of Summerhaven, destroying 325 of 340 structures. The fire was reported June 30 on the southeast side of Mt. Lemmon Woman's Club, 2006. Video by Samantha Munsey / Arizona Daily Star. You have permission to edit this collection. Since June 10, 2003, the Aspen Fire has been burning in the Catalina Mountains roughly 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Listen to Arizona Daily Star reporter Tom Beal give his account and observations of the Aspen Fire and current state of Mount Lemmon. … The fire was to the west and north of Summerhaven, according to a morning briefing. Jenni Zimmerman, who grew up on Mount Lemmon, said she is scared to see the mountain burn. Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States.It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. The fire was reported June 30 on the southeast side of Mt. You have permission to edit this collection. In... How many freshwater anglers would flip a lid if the government tried to take away our rights to bring home fish? The Mount Lemmon Inn was a home for visitors until it was burnt down in the devastating 2003 fire, a month-long fire that burned almost 85,000 acres on Mount Lemmon. The Aspen Fire burned for nearly a month on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. But the fire soon made such efforts look puny. The Mount Lemmon Hotel broke ground in the spring on the site of the former Alpine Lodge in Summerhaven, which burned down during the Aspen Fire in 2003. Firefighters did burnout operations near Radio Ridge and the Mount Lemmon Sky Center yesterday. Fire crews drive back into Summerhaven after the Aspen Fire raged through Summerhaven. Busch Fire update at 512 pm May 21. TUCSON, Ariz. - As firefighters work to hold the fire back from Mount Lemmon, for some, it’s hard to hold back memories of the disastrous Aspen Fire … Forged by Fire: The Devastation and Renewal of a Mountain Community, by Mary Ellen Barnes. Summerhaven, atop Mount Lemmon, is often 30 degrees cooler than Tucson, at the mountain's base. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet, is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Citing their love for Tucson, the couple decided to build what they are calling Mt. Member Blog Post - The Disaster of Mt Lemmon, Flatheads of Central Arizona | Advanced fishing techniques, How to keep your catch fresh from the lake to the table. This article does not cite any sources. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. Mile 186.7; Elevation. 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