In the early 1900s over 9000 fire lookouts scattered across the U.S. played an integral role in preserving the nation’s forested land. Each lookout was patrolled by rangers whose job was to be a sort of human fire alarm.
As economic priorities in the country shifted, those stations were left unmanned—today just 60 of them remain staffed and funded. This is the story of a man by the name of Jim Henterly who has dedicated his life to ensuring one lookout gets the treatment it deserves. —ML
“I get pretty neurotic about not looking around—like right now—I haven’t been looking around for as long as I’ve been talking…”