Arthur Johnson recalls his time spent as a lookout during the summer of 1931, working for the U.S. Forest Service in the Slate Creek Ranger District on the St. Joe National Forest in northern Idaho. Johnson talks about packing in his rations, and the make-shift living situation at the lookout. He describes how he identified fires, and the method lookouts used to pinpoint the exact locations using maps. He reminisces about the solitary nature of the work, but notes the enjoyable evening phone conversations with the 10-12 other lookouts in the area. Johnson recalls the danger in being a lookout, and some instances of lookout deaths from lightning.
Fire lookout stations, Idaho; U.S. Forest Service; Saint Joe National Forest; Avery, Idaho; Wallace, Idaho; Fire lookouts Idaho; Forest fires Idaho; Saint Joe National Forest Prevention and control
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1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Johnson, Arthur, "Arthur Johnson Interview, May 21, 1984" (1984). Forestry, Land Use, and Conservation Interviews Oral History Collection. 8.