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  • Fifty summers and 360 degrees

    Nancy Hood has spent 50 summers watching for fires from lookouts in the smoky Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California.

  • Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout

    Trapped by fire on a mountain lookout

    Dixie Boyle recalls the Trigo Fire, which came unnervingly close to the lookout she staffed in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico.

  • Fire, fire everywhere

    Despite the growing threat of Western wildfire, most of us are still pretending it will go away if we just ignore it.

  • All along the watchtower

    Andrew McNair, who works weekends at a computer in Olympia, Wash., is not your typical Western fire watcher.

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