|The "mystery tree" near I-17 has survived another fire.|
Some Arizonans might already know about the tree – it’s actually sort of famous around the state and even has its own Wikipedia page. Sitting in the middle of the median, just north of the Sunset Point rest area, around milepost 254, this is the tree that’s secretly decorated around Christmas and the Fourth of July. For years, no one has been able to figure out who is responsible.
Earlier this month something else happened that’s equally puzzling …
On Aug. 3, the 20-foot high tree survived a brush fire that had already consumed much of the vegetation around it. Flames got so close to the tree that plastic pipes situated near the trunk were melted (the pipes serve as a watering system and were put there presumably by the same people who stealthily decorate the tree each year).