2017 Western Conference The 2017 FFLA Western Conference has now been set for September 8-10 in Chester, California and surrounding area. Chester is near Lassen National Volcanic Park and the Lassen National Forest, about a 45 minute drive from Susanville and a little over 2 hours from Reno and major airlines. Friday and Saturday sessions will take place at the Chester Memorial Hall. There are over a dozen lookouts in the Chester-Eagle Lake-Susanville area. Further details will appear in the next issue and on this website as they are announced.
Pennsylvania reintroduces fire towers More than six decades after transitioning to newer methods, Pennsylvania is returning to a tried-and-true approach toward combating forest fires: fire towers.
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.