In the Selway-Bitteroot Mountains, an area where Lewis and Clark traversed, the mountains seem wonderfully endless, and the trees without number. Every summer the battle begins; the heat, climate, and lightening began its desperate attempt to burn it all down! Without fail, no matter how long the winter or wet the Spring, it comes. There will be forest fires.
Though technology has made numerous leaps and bounds, enabling satellites to not only track fires in real time, they can actually catalog the lightening strikes, pinpointing potential hot spot areas to be monitored. Yet, in all of this sometimes, what makes the difference is a lonely U.S. Forest Service staff member living at the base of a tower and spending endless summer days looking around in all directions for the tale-tell wisp of smoke. They also monitor in a more three-dimensions format than any satellite imagery. By using a complex, yet simple round map mounted in the top of the tower, fixed and orientated true, coupled with a slide-rule sighting mechanism they are able to radio headquarters or fire crews in real time.
Please enjoy the photos! I LOVE it up here!
Start here and climb your way upwards!
Making your way upward…
One Mile High Mark!
The 360* Panorama view from the top of the fire tower…BEAUTIFUL!!
Looking Down from the Top!
My old pickup at the bottom.
Coming back off the mountain back into the valley it affords an amazing view!
I have come across several thousand photographs that I have archived and will be posting some additional ones soon. Once again, thank you for the likes, comments, and follows!
Have a wonderful day!