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KNP Complex Fire: Protecting the historic Buck Rock Lookout – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-10-21 21:31:09 –

Fresno, CA (KFSN)-When the KNP combined fire burned tens of thousands of acres along the route, forest authorities wrapped the iconic Backlock Fire Observatory in protective material.

The 360-degree observation point is a guard of the Sequoia National Forest. Built in the early 1920s, it continues to be an important tool for keeping the area safe.

“This lookout is not just part of a living history,” says Michigan. “It’s actually used, and it’s used exactly the same from the beginning.”

Michigan lives on the lookout, working and living five days a week, climbing 172 steps up and down the horizon, looking for new fires.

“Why is it important to look at the forest with all the technologies we have?

“So it’s interesting to say that we are called Forest Eyes,” Michigan said. “Yes, we have an aircraft. We have a drone, we have a camera, but really, none of that technology can replace us.”

As the KNP Complex Fire approached, Michigan was forced to evacuate.

“Over the entire region beyond the green trees we see, smoke was coming towards us and running up this ridge about four and a half miles away,” he said. “I heard the embers fall. When I was talking about embers, I was talking about a few inches of debris.”

More than a month after the fire broke out, the flames have been tampered with.

On Thursday, the crew stripped the fireproof packaging.

“The idea that you could lose your backlock in a fire is heartbreaking,” Michigan said.

The observatory is closed for the rest of the season, but they hope to reopen for visitors in June.

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