Watching the Sky

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Watching the Sky

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There is just something magical about a fire watch tower. In the case of this tower known as the Chase Mountain Tower, it was manned by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Employees would live in the tower during fire season and use binoculars to scan the forest for puffs and columns of smoke. They would then report locations of those smoke to ground crews to investigate.

Today, towers like this one are equipped with digital eyes, powerful zoom cameras that transmit instantaneous video feeds from the tower to a centralized location for monitoring.

What once took dozens of men and women in isolated locations to watch hundreds of square miles of timber, now only take a few to watch remotely from a control center.

Efficiency does have drawbacks to losing legacy.

In this image, the blue and red LED lights of the monitoring equipment can be seen illuminating the interior of the tower as the Milky Way shins over head. A few shooting stars can also be seen in this image from the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Location: Chase Mountain, Oregon

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