Fire Lookout Towers in
Here you will find details, history and photos of Victorian towers.
There were a few towers in the early 20's and 30's but the majority were built after the disastrous fires in 1939.
We have divided Victoria up in sections according to the old SMR radio regions as used by the
DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, ex NRE, DSE & DEPI)
The original Forest Commission of Victoria has had a few name changes over the years: CFL, NRE, DSE, DEPI and since early 2015 DELWP
FFMVic is since 2017? the Fire Management section within the DELWP structure. It's responsible for Victoria's parks, forests and other public land. It includes staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, VicForests and Melbourne Water.
The CFA (Country Fire Authority) Regions are listed into their Total Fire Ban districts.
The following fire towers have been impacted by the 2019-2020 fires in Eastern Victoria: Mt. Mittamatite in the NE, the following ones in Gippsland: Mt. Buck, Mt. Maramingo, Mt. Seldom Seen, Mt. McLeod, Mt. Waldron, Mt. Nowa Nowa, Mt. Bemm/Cann and Stringers Knob.
We have conformation that the old wooden tower at Mt. Nowa Nowa and Stringers Knob have sadly been destroyed. All FLO's are OK.
The Mt. Jersey West's cabin was singed by the radiant heat. We are waiting for more details on any other towers with structual damage.
Peter McHugh, a retired Forester with DELWP, has been busy writing up lots of Forest Commission historical facts. One of the papers he's written is called "Fire Towers and Lookouts". Peter has given permission to publish it here. Many photos and details were actually taken from this website. A copy can be found here.
PLEASE NOTE: "PUBLIC ACCESS TO SITE" MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS: ACCESS TO THE SITE ONLY. IT DOES NOT MEAN ACCESS TO THE LOOKOUT.
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