Fire Lookouts: Where There's Smoke (Paperback)

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Forest fires threaten not only to devastate large tracts of valuable timber, but sometimes are a threat to the lives of the people on lonely peaks whose job it is to detect and report those fires. This volume contains original accounts of and by the men and women (and sometimes children) who experienced spotting and reporting, fighting, and sometimes fleeing from, forest fires. The historical information in these volumes is the culmination of many years of research of original documents by Ron Kemnow for his website, Also included are many historical photos. Some of the older photographs and picture postcards are of poor quality, but were included for their historical value. This book is not in narrative form, but is a collection of official reports, letters, and news articles, presented as they were originally written.

About the Author

The author grew up on a dairy farm in the Pacific Northwest, adjacent to the Siuslaw National Forest, where her grandparents and great grandparents had been among the earliest settlers. Family outings often consisted of a drive over narrow dirt Forest Service roads winding through towering fir and spruce forests. The day would often include a primitive picnic, with venison steak threaded on sharpened willow branches and broiled slowly over the glowing coals of a small cooking fire. Sometimes their travels through the foothills of the Coast Range led them to a lookout tower. This interest was expanded in later years when she and her husband began visiting fire lookouts and abandoned lookout sites. The fascination with the history of these sites led to an in-depth study and research of original documents pertaining to the subject, much of which is presented in these volumes.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780984616428
ISBN-10: 098461642X
Publisher: Mouontainswest Publishing
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 142
Language: English