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Manitoba Lookout 1923

Fire detection, as we know it today, began with fire rangers on ground patrol.

The early fire rangers moved to higher ground whenever possible to increase their range of vision, scrambling up hilltops, mountaintops, and trees. Yet ground patrols were not enough. Wildfire continued to inflict terrible losses.

Fire lookouts evolved to meet the need for speedier, more effective fire detection.

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Photo Credit:
Provincial Archives of Manitoba [Manitoba Lookout 1923]
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