The fire lookout tower here is of great importance to firefighters especially on danger days. This tower, when in operation, has one worker in it for the day of need. They have a 360 degree view of the areaand are able to spot any signs of smoke. Small cache with log and pencil.
Fire lookout towers are used to spot signs of smoke as soon as they start. These are usually manned on a very high or above. This steel tower is 65m high and the cabin is up 35.3m high. It is a 3.5m x 3.5m cabin with bearings around the cabin so when they spot smoke they can call in the degree of where it is. Then back at headquarters these bearings are mapped along with readings from two other towers (Mt Gellibrand and Peters Hill) and the area can be pinpointed and the appropriate brigade can be paged to the location. These towers are of the most importance to spot smoke in areas where people may not be able to see smoke from the ground as easy. It means firefighters can get a head start on putting out the fire before it becomes too big. Remember to check your local fire danger ratings when in the peak fire season. Stay safe geocachers!