Fire Damages Historic Fire Tower

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - The last fire tower in the Daniel Boone National Forest is closed after being damaged by flames.

Forest ranger Dave Manner said a structure at the top of the Tater Knob Fire Tower near Morehead was destroyed. He said law enforcement has determined the fire was intentionally set as an act
of vandalism. It was reported on Wednesday.

The 35-foot tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.

Firefighters used towers to spot blazes until the 1970s, when planes took over fire detection duties.

The tower was restored in 1993 and opened to the public.

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