Fighting Forest Fires Historical

Fighting Forest Fires Historical (HM1UWI)

Location: Swanton, MD 21561 Garrett County
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N 39° 30.866', W 79° 17.939'

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State Forester Fred W. Besley developed Maryland's first systematic program of fighting forest fires. Beginning in 1910, Besley commissioned an elite corps of volunteers called forest wardens that numbered about 650 in 1935. Their responsibilities included coordinating crews to fight and extinguish forest fires, posting fire warning notices, enforcing forestry laws, and scheduling forest observers in fire towers. The Thayerville Forest Fire Lookout Tower on Meadow Mountain was one of 34 forest fire lookout towers in use across Maryland in 1944. The lookout towers that remain today are monuments to Maryland's early forest conservation efforts. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources memorializes that tireless accomplishments and sacrifices of the early forest wardens.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByMaryland Forestry and Parks
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Date Added Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 646225 N 4375247
Decimal Degrees39.51443333, -79.29898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 30.866', W 79° 17.939'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 30' 51.96" N, 79° 17' 56.34" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fire Tower Trail, Swanton MD 21561, US
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