🚗 🚙 Turn your trusty old car into trustworthy journalism Learn more

For this fire lookout, home is a cabin 20 feet off the ground

Aug 21, 2023
Brig Malessa spends fire season living in the tower and travels the rest of the year. "I can get by on very little money."
"It's the closest you can get to living outside without living outside," Brig Malessa says of living in a fire lookout tower. Above, the Oregon tower that she currently calls home.
Courtesy Brig Malessa

The rekindling of fire lookout towers

Oct 26, 2018
How one state is reinvesting in a century old method to fight wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
Andrei Taranchenko/Flickr