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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

MORGAN HILL: FIRE LOOKOUT TO REOPEN

Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit Copernicus Peak Fire Lookout
MORGAN HILL: FIRE LOOKOUT TO REOPEN THURSDAY


MORGAN HILL

A fire lookout in Santa Clara County that has been closed for 17 years will reopen this week, Cal Fire officials announced today.

The Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit will reopen the Copernicus Peak Fire Lookout at noon Thursday.

A 2-and-a-half-year-old volunteer project resurrected the lookout, which will not only preserve one of the Santa Clara Unit's historical places, but will recognize Cal Fire's 100-plus years of service.

Volunteers will staff the lookout on an as-need basis during red flags, high winds, after lightning storms and on high-fire danger days.

The Copernicus Peak Lookout is located a half-mile east of Lick Observatory. The lookout was constructed in 1938 and served as one of several fire lookouts within the Santa Clara Unit, a 1.4 million-acre stretch."

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