September 15th is an important date for all lovers of autumn recreation. It marks the end of wildfire season, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by renting a firetower or lookout.
August in Oregon is a lesson in wildfires: Haze in the air? Something must be burning. Thunder storms? Check the news to find out where lightning strikes sparked dry tinder. Fantastic sunset? Wildfire smoke filters colors better than Photoshop.
Spotting wildfires is serious business in the fire towers and lookouts around the state..until summer rolls on out and recreation season rolls in, and that transition happens on September 15th. It’s the official end of wildfire watching, and the grand kickoff to the lovely weather and outdoor opportunities of autumn, and the firetowers are available for unique, isolated getaways.
The Green Ridge Fire Tower near Sisters looks out over the Metolius basin toward Mt. Jefferson, and the soft sunset glow off the glacial fields is a sight to remember. Reservations go fast, so get online and plan ahead! Pack hiking shoes, binoculars, a good book, and plenty of water for drinking, cooking, and washing. After your stay, ease back into civilization with a fondue of local cheeses at the Kokanee Café in Camp Sherman.
- Oregon Adventurist: SJ