Hey all! Em here posting about prepping for the inevitable fall of civilization as we know it (TEOTWAWKI obvi happening Saturday morning but that’s…a post for another time). Today I’m going to talk about my dream job, Fire Lookout (aka: Fire Watch) and how you can play at it now, but also know where to go when the ^&%(* hits the fan as it were.
I’ve been greatly enjoying “How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest” by Tish McFadden and Tom Foley recently and dreaming of spring/summers spent in isolation in the wilderness, watching for fires and drawing and writing. As a people-loving introvert by nature, I crave alone time as much as I wish I could be helpful to others (any other INFJ’s in the house?) and I’ve long dreamed of being able to be the front lines of warning others of danger, married with the isolation of living in a rustic cabin on stilts.
Fire lookout points are also ideal locations for those who are prepping for the worst. Obviously there are several on sale, in various states of retirement (thanks to improved satellite and drone technology) and disrepair – but there are also those which are maintained and rented for the “off season” (wetter months) as eco-tourist camping sites. They also happen to be ideal places (in my estimation) for those who are preparing for the worst.
If you’re like me, and are a life-long “scout” who is “always prepared” – you likely have at the very least a 72-hour go-bag (we carry a 2 person elite 72 hour go bag from Earthquake Bags – get 10% off, courtesy of The Road Virus, here) – but what you may not have mapped out (barring our big emergency being an earthquake in an unexpected place) is where your local fire lookouts are. Fire lookouts are prepared with beds, fuel, lighting, often water, less often bathrooms (most have outhouses, and access to clean, fast moving water for bathing and laundry, however), maps, and notes from previous lookouts which may prove invaluable for learning the weather patterns, typical wildlife and human foot traffic, and obviously the odds of a wild/forest fire.
Should the end of the world happen – by war, EMP, hacking, a cheeto deciding all our human rights are null and void, or an invasion by an alien species happen – I’ll be using this beauty to make sure I have a warm, dry, secure location with an enviable view of incoming visitors. In the Northeast, similar locations can be found (aka: claimed) – though in the New England area, I’d select a lighthouse as my hidey hole. I will do more research on the south, southwest, and middle America as I familiarize myself with more rural, non-coastal locales. I’ll write another post on what spot to run to when I have more info on those areas.
Until then, hope for the best and prep for the worst, my dear readers,