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Renovations At Blue Mountain Lookout

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A historic Missoula lookout threatened by last year's Lolo Complex Fire is getting renovated in the hopes fire officials can use it in the upcoming fire season.

"We are working from sun up to sundown in six days in the hopes to accomplish as much as possible," said project coordinator Libby Langston, with the Missoula Ranger District.

A team of four people spent their day working to renovate Missoula's historic Blue Mountain Lookout.

“There are very few lookouts left in the west, even in Western Montana, so Blue Mountain is a great place to have a working lookout," Langston said.

The lookout has been located at Deadman Ridge in Missoula for the last 48-years. Last year was the first year it wasn't used during a wildfire season, due to a need for renovations. The project was supposed to start last summer, but it was postponed because of the extreme fire season.

“We needed updated lightening protections system, a new rail, and new steps,” Langston said.

Crews are weather proofing the steps up to the lookout, and replacing the upper deck and railings.

"We are getting a lot done thanks to a lift we’ve been using,” Langston said.

Langston said she hopes to have it staffed with fire personnel from the Missoula Ranger District for the upcoming wildfire season.

"It is very essential being the only working lookout around this area, in the Missoula district. It will definitely help in the future and it has helped in past, and I’m just glad it made it through the fires," Langston said.

She said it isn’t only useful for fire fighters, but it has special meaning to the Missoula community.

“It's just an amazing location, and a real treat for people to be able to come up here and experience," Langston said.

The lookout is expected to be open to the public, and staffed by fire personnel by August.


 

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