Thomas “Tom” Jones discusses his experiences as a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout at the Mud Lake Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in Montana. He recalls fighting forest fires for two seasons before getting an opportunity to work as a lookout. Jones describes his living quarters, communication equipment, and daily chores, including hauling water in a canvas water bag. He also describes hauling gear in by horseback and hiking into town for supplies. Jones reminisces about some of the interesting fires he saw and how lonely he often got living in the wilderness by himself.
Mud Lake Lookout, Montana; Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana; Fire lookouts, Montana; Forest fires, Montana; U.S. Forest Service; Smokejumpers, Montana; Keith Granrud; South Fork Flathead drainage, Montana; Big Prairie Lookout, Montana; Spotted Bear Lookout, Montana; Jumbo Lookout, Montana; Dave Miller; Don Bennett; Condon, Montana; Condon Ranger District; Flathead National Forest, Montana
Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Jones, Thomas Arthur, "Thomas Arthur "Tom" Jones Interview, May 18, 2017" (2017). Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project. 6.