Members of the Route 377 Fire Department in Norteastern Kentucky have purchase the Hickory Flats Fire Lookout Tower.The tower which has been inactive will be restored and staff by volunteers during fire season.The tower built in 1934 is a 80 foot aeomotor with a ground cabin were towerman with the U.S Forest Service / CCC lived while staffing the lookout.The historic tower will be restored as a fire prevention and education program by the department.The tower was sold for scrap in the early 80's however thank goodness it was never removed.The FFLA national has been very helpful in our efforts to charter a local chapter and move forward on the project.
Thanks to Jim Getz who donated the tower site.The tower was part of the old Cumberland National Forest,now know as the Daniel Boone.Mr.Getz had purchase the site during a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service in the early 80's.
The tower grounds will be deciated in the memory of Kentucky firefighters who have lost their lives attacking wildfires across the commonwealth.
Fairview Hollow Fire 1965 (Kentucky Division of Forestry)Hand Crew
Hubbards Fork Clay County 1983 USDA Forest Service Daniel Boone National Forest
William L.Smothers Aircraft Crash Tanker Run
Logan County Grass Fire Russellville Fire Department 1984
Edgar O.Hardin Fall from Engine
Laurel County Grass Fire Crossroads Fire Department 1987
Basil Vaughn Smoke Inhalation
Hart County Grass Fire Munfordville Fire Department 1988
William F. Cox Engine Accident
Hogg Hollow Fire Letcher County Neon Fire Department 1991
John E. Spangler
John R.Adams Hand Crew over run
Island Fork Fire Rowan County Route 377 Fire Department 1999
Kenneth A. Nickell
Kevin R. Smith Hand Crew over run
Fleming County Grass Fire Hillsboro Fire Department 2001
William L.Thompson Engine Accident
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01-20-2003, 08:11 PM #1
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Fire Department to restore inactive Fire Lookout Tower
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