The Desert Burns

Fire in the Superstition Mountains blankets Weaver's Needle and the surrounding mountains in dense smoke as seen from the Marcus Landslide Trail in McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona in June 2019

I woke up at 4 a.m. yesterday and couldn’t get back to sleep so I went out for a hike before work, a first for me. Fires in the Superstitions blanketed the distant mountains in smoke, resulting in the soft red light of sunrise lingering for a while even after the sun had fully risen. The human-caused fire has currently burned over 100,000 acres.

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