'Mystery tree' Survives Wildfire -Again

A 20-foot juniper tree near Sunset Point, Arizona survived a wildfire last week that consumed everything around it. It's not the first time, either. In fact, the tree is a famous survivor.
Every year it’s decorated for Christmas and Independence Day. Right now, it’s covered with several American flags and yellow ribbons. It also has its own water system set up underneath, with several large drums and a pipe to feed it water.

That’s where the tree gets its name -- the mystery tree. A mystery person or people decorate it every year, but it’s also a mystery because it manages to have survived several wildfires over the years.

“It’s survived wildfire after wildfire” says ADOT engineer Greg Gentsch. “We’re just happy it’s still here."

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/other/%27mystery-tree%27-north-of-valley-survives-wildfire -via Arbroath

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"It also has its own water system set up underneath, with several large drums and a pipe to feed it water."

wow, what a mystery
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This tree is in the middle of a fairly wide median between the Northbound and Southbound lanes of the I-17 freeway. Kind of a difficult place to stop your car and go decorate a tree without being noticed by other drivers or the police. Most of the wildfires in that area the past few years have been on one side of the highway or the other, haven't jumped the road to the median.
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I'm guessing that whenever there's a wildfire, someone is soaking it with water to protect it; probably the same person/people who decorate it.
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