02/22/09 207 W - + 15 - 11 North Carolina Forest Fire Lookout Towers

Who hasn't wondered where all the lookout towers are in our state? The North Carolina Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association has an inventory on their web site. Same is split into three sections. The Mountain Inventory lists 43 standing, and 43 removed. The Piedmont Inventory lists 26 standing, and 21 removed. The Coastal Inventory lists 54 standing, 23 removed, and 15 unknown. All told, there are 121 lookout towers reamining in North Carolina. Chapter director Peter Barr has also written a book on the subject, Hking North Carolina Lookout Towers. How cool is that? Credit to Mrs. Blogger, for finding that.

What about Wake County's towers, past and present? We've had three towers at five sites, one of which is still standing. The Bay Leaf tower was erected in 1937 on Six Forks Road, north of "Six Forks." In 1968, the tower was moved to the present Howard Road site. The Knightdale tower was erected in 1938 on Southside Place, and removed in 1972. It was relocated to Pasquotank County. In 1940, the Apex tower was erected at Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church Crossroads. In 1951, it was moved to Swift Creek Church-Apex Road. In 1986, the site was sold and the tower removed thereafter. Read more about Wake County fire towers.

Speaking of fire towers, the controllers at the airport tower saw the structure fire on Nelson Road, and were able to advise CFR 1 accordingly, which was the first unit on scene.
Legeros - 02/22/09 - 19:56

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