2.4.7 Fire Towers Example 1

Location of Example: 149°59'44" East, 35°28'47" South
Distinctive Characteristics:
  • Fire Towers are generally framework square or rectangular tower structures, with a room structure situated at the top.
  • A Fire tower is a watchtower where a lookout is posted to watch for fires.The fire tower provides housing and protection for the lookout.
  • A fire tower is usualy located at the summit of a mountain, or other high vantage points in order to maximize the viewing distance and range.
  • Generally an established and well maintained vehicular track will curve up to summit fire towers for ease of access and quick escape.
  • Land in close proximity is cleared of vegetation both for increased visibility as well as a fire protection mechanism.
Regional Considerations:
  • Exists in large wooded forest regions prone to bushfire.
Figure: Representation of a Fire Tower and surrounding features.

Figure: Orthophotography 50cm RGB=123 Figure: SPOT Pseudo-natural 2.5m Figure: Oblique Photography Fire Tower

Topic contact: mapfeedback@ga.gov.au Last updated: January 20, 2012