Caring for the Land Atop a Fire Tower — An Oral History and Family Story of Fire Lookouts
Caring for the Land Atop a Fire Tower — An Oral History and Family Story of Fire Lookouts by USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Meet a brother and sister who viewed the forested landscape of northern Wisconsin from atop a 100 foot fire tower as they searched the horizon for “smokes” that might signal a wildfire. Towers were the focal point of the fire detection system and were dependent on these lookouts communicating one another by radio or phone and other fire dispatchers. Many first-person accounts and photographs tell the story of these fire lookouts and their family life as they grew up and lived in the forests of northern Wisconsin.