Siskiyou National Forest > Coos County FPA 31S-11W-24
1940: A 40-foot round timber tower was erected.
May 1940: "Station has usually been manned about July 10 on an average and has been carried fairly late in September. Fuel moisture records do not always indicate this manning has been entirely necessary. Suggested dates are believed to be more in line with actual needs." (Plan. Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout was staffed 105 days. The reporting station was the Powers Ranger Station, communications were by West Coast Telephone lone.
1960: A new 40-foot treated timber tower with a flat roof lookout cab was built. This structure was built by the Coos Forest Protective Association.
October 4, 1995: "It's a long, bumpy ride to Sherry Agnew's summer home, a 14x14 foot cabin atop a 50-foot tower that stands in the middle of lush Douglas fir forest. About an hour and a half--and several wrong turns--after leaving Powers, where Agnew, 46, lives most of the year, a couple of visitors pull up to the tower, where the woman works as a dire lookout for the Coos Forest Protective Association. Agnew's black Labrador Maggie runs eagerly down the five levels of stairs to the ground. 'She's the official greeter,' Agnew shouts, grinning as she peers over her balcony. Except for ice cream, which would melt during the drive from the Powers store to the tower, Agnew says she wants for nothing here. Above all, she gains an incredible panoramic view of the world. Agnew is one of six people stationed each summer at a half-dozen protective association lookout towers in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, said Ginger Tyler, association administrative assistant. Most of the lookouts work from early July until the fall rains, usually in October, Tyler said. Agnew is the last lookout still working in a tower this year. She has the necessities: a bed, an outhouse [located at the end of a dirt path near the tower] and enough food 'to feed an entire fire crew for probably a week.' The cabin contains a mini-kitchen against one wall and an Osborne Firefinder in the middle. The firefinder is a horizontal, circular map of the surrounding forest. By peering through the firefinder sights, Agnew can pinpoint the location of any smoke she spots. She calls in her sightings, by radio, to the Bridge office of the protective association. Most summers, Agnew makes only a handful of calls, and the smoke she spots tends to be permit burns she hasn't been told about. Uncurtained windows wind their way around the cabin. On clear days, Agnew can watch ships sail in the ocean and admire the snowcapped beauty of the Cascades. 'What's not to like about this job?' she asks. She's too busy enjoying the benefits of her isolated spot-a gorgeous view and wildlife spottings to be lonely. A couple of summers ago, a bear and her cub sat in Agnew's 'yard,' contentedly slurping up huckleberries. Once every summer, an owl circles overhead, checking out the seasonal inhabitants. Her eyes glow and her voice softens as she remembers the time she held a hummingbird in her hands. 'I was so overcome,' she whispers. 'God, how many people get to hold a hummingbird?' 'It's an ideal job,' she says. 'It's a paid vacation of a job.' 'You better not say that,' she adds, grinning, 'or they'll stop paying me.'" (Coos World)
2010: The Coos FPA installed a smoke detection camera system to improve the associations forest fire protection abilities.