Daniel Yuhas Interview, August 25, 2023


Daniel Yuhas


Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen



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Daniel Yuhas talks of his parents being lookouts in 1947 on Desert Mountain when he was in diapers at eight months old. Dan recalls his father’s long Forest Service career with the Glacier View Ranger District, Flathead National Forest, including playing at the Big Creek Ranger Station, fishing the North Fork Flathead River, and going to school in Hungry Horse, Montana. Dan tells of his wife, Jill Rocksund, and him volunteering on Cooney and Firefighter lookouts, describes fires they witnessed, and talks about how current amenities make lookout life easier than when his parents staffed Desert Mountain Lookout. Dan discusses what he thinks a person considering becoming a lookout might find important to help determine if lookout life is a good choice.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 453-028

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Digital Format

video/mp4; audio/m4a; application/pdf; text/plain

Run Time

00:57:24 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_028.mp4; OH_453_028.m4a; OH_453_028.pdf; OH_453_028.srt

Daniel Yuhas Interview, August 25, 2023