Fire Lookout History of the Santa Fe National Forest
A comprehensive and captivating history of fire lookouts on the Santa Fe National Forest by Barbara Zinn, who staffs the Barillas Lookout Tower during fire season.
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A beautiful and unique photo from Wisconsin It's the recently rehabilitated Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in Northeast Wisconsin. Photo by Bill Fumelle photography, Courtesy of Oconto County Economic Development Corporation. (Used with permission)
Fire lookouts are hot destinations, but face an uncertain future in the Pacific Northwest
Imagine waking up to the sun cresting a ridge of the Cascade Mountains. You look out the window, and through the dawn light you can see clouds still settled over a lush alpine forest. You’re in a tower in the sky, in the shadow of our tallest peaks, surrounded by wilderness.
Help build a Watchman's Camp in Greenville Maine! Now that the Squaw Mountain fire tower was restored at the Greenville visitors center, it's time to build a replica of the Squaw Mountain watchman's camp right next to it! Read more and donate at the below link:
Little Snowy Top Lookout (ID) destroyed by fire The Little Snowy Top fire lookout in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness has burned to the ground, according to an September 3 Idaho fire dispatch report. See the story below.
'Freaks on the peaks': the lonely lives of the last remaining forest fire lookouts (MT) There were 10,000 lookouts, scanning the wilderness for signs of smoke. Now just a few hundred remain, and they pass the time hiking, writing and knitting. See the story below.