fire tower


: a tower (as in a forest) from which a watch for fires is maintained

Examples of fire tower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plan is to cover about six miles a day for three days, with time carved out on Monday to hike up to a fire tower and hang out there to view the eclipse. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 7 Apr. 2024 Firefighters keep watch for smoke from a fire tower in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, Idaho, in 1932. Mark Kreider, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 Firefighters peered into the stormy night from fire towers to make sure no fires were afoot. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Their pranks inadvertently led to the boy’s death — falling from that aforementioned fire tower — followed by the men’s own mysterious slaughter. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 And Lanman mentioned that a Buffalo Lookout fire tower had existed in the area. Bill Bowden,, 16 Nov. 2023 In New Jersey the state Forest Fire Service has mounted a Firewise USA campaign throughout the Pine Barrens and installed fire towers, which are staffed whenever the forest is dry enough to burn. Jane Braxton Little, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2023 According to West Virginia State Parks, the 65-foot fire tower was originally built in the 1920s by the Civilian Conservation Corps to help both prevent and fight forest fires. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Aug. 2023 At the top, climb the fire tower and soak in the 360-degree view of the wilderness—one almost unchanged from the time of the Great Camps. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 23 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire tower was in 1835

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“Fire tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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fire tower

: a tower (as in a forest) from which a watch for fires is kept

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