One of my favorite things about my job (there's a lot!) is that I love talking to the fire lookouts. We have some seasoned, really professional ones that are amazing at their jobs!
When we went to visit Red Top lookout, I got to see up close the set up & tools the lookout uses to spot and report smokes.
Here's a few fun links to learn more about those:
*YouTube video of a lookout teaching about the Osborne Fire Finder tool
*if you're more of historic sort, here's instructions how to use one from 1955
*some general info on fire lookouts from the Fire Lookout Association
*then my favorite! Rent a lookout to stay at for a different camping experience
*and last, tips for staying at a lookout at the end of this article