Observation Tower

The modified fire tower on Bickle Knob.


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Aeldrin - Dec 3, 2007 1:15 pm - Voted 10/10


Does the Forest Service still use these things? I would think that most forest fires and the like are now all detected by satellite?


BobSmith - Dec 3, 2007 5:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Hmmm

This one is no longer a fire lookout. The top was shaved off and a viewing platform put in its place. That's all it's for, now. They don't use fire lookouts as such anymore, with the advent of satellite technology. It's far more effective than the old triangulation methods of the fire lookouts. I think there are still a few score fire lookouts that are manned on a seasonal basis. And a few fire lookouts that are manned as historical monuments, and a few that are available for rent as cabins (mainly out west). Most of the lookout towers here in the South have either been removed, allowed to deteriorate, or modified for viewing platforms and such.

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