Posted on August 23, 2023
The NYS Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lighting of the Fire Tower Event! Saturday, September 2nd at 9:00 pm we hope to have a light begin to shine in the cab of many towers across NYS! Last year we had so many wonderful volunteers that we were able to light 33 towers! We hope to increase that number this year. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, September 3rd at 9:00pm*.
The event is done to honor the men and women who worked in these historic towers; protecting homes, businesses, communities and surrounding forests. The plan is to place a light in fire towers around the state from 9 to 9:30pm. We invite people to go to locations around the community (listed on our website) where they can look up, see the light on the horizon and remember that there was a fire tower there watching over them. Thank you to Doug Hamilton for this wonderful idea to honor the past!
*INFO FROM DOUGLAS HAMILTON: We will be lighting up the Red Hill Tower from 8:30 – 9:00 pm. There will be some signs at locations on surrounding roads letting people know they can see the tower from these spots.
Because this is the 10th anniversary year of this special event, we are going to ask that all Illuminators also read aloud the names of those who served in the towers as they turn on the light and that they include these names in local advertisements for the event.