The NYS Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association will hold the 10th Annual Fire Towers Lighting on Saturday, September 2nd at 9 pm. Last year volunteers were able to light 33 firetowers across New York State. Nearly 40 towers are already registered to participate this year.
The event honors the men and women who worked in New York historic firetowers; protecting homes, businesses, communities and surrounding forests.
The towers are lit from 9 to 9:30 pm. Because this is the 10th anniversary year, event organizers are asking that all illuminators also read aloud the names of those who served in the towers as they turn on the light.
Where to View Fire Tower Lightings
You can use the links below to see locations that can be seen from participating fire towers, these will also be areas you should be able to see the fire tower light come on (description included here are known locations for viewing).
Balsam Lake – Visible from CMC Trailhead at Palmer Hill, near corner of Todd Mountain (Ulster County Route 49A) and Kelly Roads and various locations along Cabin Hill and Ridge Roads in Andes, NY.
Hunter Visible from Gordon Realty in Hunter and near the intersection of Routes 23A and 214. Also from the Greene County Solid Waste station on Hylan Road.
Overlook Visible from Thorn Preserve off of Zena Road, and State Route 28 near the intersection of State Route 212.
Red Hill Visible from various locations along Rudolph Rd, Red Hill Knolls Rd, and Blue Hill Rds near Claryville. Visible from the pull off on the Rondout Reservoir – Merriman Dam.
Tremper Visible from the Ashokan Quarry Trail and near the intersection of Route 28 and 28A.
Utsayantha Visible from Route 23 in several places.
Arab Visible from various locations along Route 3 heading west from Tupper Lake.
Adams Visible from various locations along Tahawus Road in Newcomb.
Hurricane Visible from Route 73 near the Village of Keene.
Kane Visible from various lakes and camps.
Owl’s Head Visible from Lake Eaton State Park beach and from the Mount Sabattis gazebo in Long Lake.
Snowy Visible from Route 28 between Speculator and Indian Lake.
Speculator Visible from Lake Pleasant and Route 30.
Stillwater Viewers on Stillwater Reservoir and Beaver Lake, and Tug Hill above the Black River Valley have spotted Stillwater Mountain’s lights in past years.
Swede Visible from a few places on Route 8.
Photo of Bald Mountain fire tower Lighting in 2021 courtesy of Steff Obkerchnerg (provided by NYS Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association).