What compels a person to take a job as a fire lookout, spending months alone in a tiny tower overlooking a vast stretch of wilderness? What do lookouts do on the job? How do they pass the time? What do they see, think, and feel? Why does the experience so often touch lookouts in ways they can never forget?In this collection of stories, essays, and journal entries, nineteen fire lookouts answer these question with writings that are funny, poisganant, thoughtful, and dramatic. Included is the work of established writers whose lookout experience offered a wellspring of inspiration and veteran lookouts whose occupation gave them great stories to tell.