How to Spot a Wildfire: Weighing Fire Lookouts and Technology
America’s Fire Spotters Aren’t Ready to Fade Away Just Yet
Sep 14, 2023 by NYT > Climate and Environment
- Climate|America’s Fire Spotters Aren’t Ready to Fade Away Just Yet https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/06/climate/wildfire-lookouts-fire-towers.html Leif Haugen with his morning coffee at the Thoma lookout post in the Flathead National Forest, Mont.
- Leif Haugen with his morning coffee at the Thoma lookout post in the Flathead National Forest, Mont.Credit...
- Published Sept. 6, 2023Updated Sept. 14, 2023 If, on a hot, dry day a fire should break out within a certain 300,000-acre patch of northwest Montana, in an expanse of backcountry between the crest of the Whitefish Range and the glacier-carved peaks that hug the Continental Divide, there’s a good chance Leif Haugen will be the first person on Earth to see it.
- More about Raymond Zhong A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 12, 2023, Section A , Page 1 of the New York edition with the headline: Spotting Wildfires With a Sharp (Human) Lens.
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