Silver Butte Fire Lookout

Administrative agency:  DFPA

Staffing status:  paid position

Elevation:  3973 ft

Structure:  1942 30 ft wooden tower with L-4 cab

Access:  the tower is at least five miles from the pavement, Silver Butte road is signed, but several spurs are necessary to access the tower, a gate is present at lest a mile from the tower, and may or may not be opened

Road conditions:  the road gets a little rough in some places

Interior:  the cab contains a propane stove, heater and refrigerator, lighting is from a portable battery powered lantern, the cab also contains a bed, table, and shelf

Other structures on summit:  propane is supplied via two portable tanks, a RAWS with several small solar panels sits next to the tower, click here to see the weather conditions on Silver Butte

Electrical power source:  a 20 watt solar panel powers the radio and the controls for the refrigerator only

Other:  a silver mine used to be in operation less than two miles from the tower, the view from the top is nice

Visited:  Dominic Luebbers in March and June 2001

click on the tower to go inside

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these pictures were taken in March

  Silver Butte from Bland Mountain Lookout

 

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