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Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« on: Aug 17, 2013, 06:13:40 PM »
They finally took away the top of the tower :smack:
Just won;t be the same

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #1 on: Aug 17, 2013, 06:34:58 PM »
Picture of the new look

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #2 on: Aug 18, 2013, 04:28:00 AM »
 :thumbdown: two weekends ago it was still there

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #3 on: Aug 18, 2013, 09:35:34 AM »
 :down: what was the reasoning for this?? 

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #4 on: Aug 18, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Most of the time they take out the old towers because they don't man them anymore.  And for insurance/legality reasons.  I would expect that the steel structure will eventually be gone too! 

Up here in Oregon, most of the towers have been destroyed or removed.  There are only a few left, and they are in areas that have a higer chance of forest fires.  When I was a kid, there was 3 just in the Kilchis and upper Wilson River area.  Now, you would be lucky to see a small piece of concrete footing left in the brush.
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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #5 on: Aug 18, 2013, 11:59:58 AM »
Anthony, Recreation liaison for Sierra USFS, has updated local clubs that he has $ to refurbish the tower, but it all must be spent by 9/30/13. Apparently the engineers have approved most of the drawings and the project is underway. I didn't realize the roof would be gone so soon, but it is part of the restoration and is planned to be back. :crossed:
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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #6 on: Aug 18, 2013, 12:34:30 PM »
Man I hope they get the new one up and it doesn't get put off and forgotten about. It won't be the same with out it. :crossed: :usa:

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #7 on: Aug 19, 2013, 07:42:39 PM »
Anthony, Recreation liaison for Sierra USFS

Anthony is the OHV Manager.

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #8 on: Aug 20, 2013, 03:41:35 PM »
Really cool news!! This tower is registered on the National Historic Lookout Registry so I highly doubt it would ever be destroyed without a lot of public notice before hand. It is a true historical outlook, last used in 1979: http://www.peakbagging.com/CALookoutPhotos/BaldMtn.html

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #9 on: Aug 20, 2013, 05:11:51 PM »
Ok so I just showed this to Marlin who was not only well aware of it but was at the Prather forest station late last week and took the following pictures:

Wood from the tower



The top of the roof


And the chimney


And if that wasn't cool enough, he has a couple pieces here at the shop in memory! SO COOL!!



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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #10 on: Aug 21, 2013, 09:40:53 AM »
I would have snagged the roof cap!! 
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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #11 on: Aug 21, 2013, 10:30:33 AM »
Last Thursday,Tony from the F.S. was telling me one corner was held together with duct tape.

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Re: Bald Moutain Fire Lookout Gone
« Reply #12 on: Aug 23, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
It's getting rebuilt. A friend of mine is handling some of the engineering of the plans.  :D

 
 
 
 
 

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