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Ute Mountain Fire Lookout Tower rededication ceremony set

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

MANILA, Daggett County — The Ute Mountain Fire Lookout Tower will be rededicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in a ceremony hosted by the Flaming Gorge Ranger District on Ashley National Forest.

The tower was the first and is the last standing fire tower with living quarters above ground in Utah.

Ute Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was closed in 2008 due to decay in the tower legs and stairway. Funds provided by the Ashley National Forest Resource Advisory Committee through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act were used to restore the lookout.

The tower was constructed between 1935 and 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It offers a panoramic view of the Ashley National Forest and surrounding area. From the tower, more than 360 square miles of the northeastern slope of the Uinta Mountains can be seen.

The tower can be reached from U.S. 191 by traveling west on Forest Service Road 218 for 3 miles, then turn left on Forest Service Road 221 (gravel road) for 1.3 miles, then turning left (south) on Forest Service Road 005 for approximately 1.3 miles.

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