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Lakeside Ranger District wins Judges’ Choice Award at Show Low’s Fourth of July Parade

Lakeside Ranger District wins Judges’ Choice Award at Show Low’s

      Lakeside Ranger District wins Judges’ Choice Award at Show Low’s Fourth of July Parade


Lakeside, AZ—July 12, 2018 – The Lakeside Ranger District fire and range personnel took part in this year’s Show Low 4th of July Parade.  The theme of the parade was “Heroes, History & Honor”. Fire Prevention Technicians Rex Thompson and Alex Buttrey, along with the district’s fire personnel wanted to show the history and importance that the fire lookouts play in identifying and preventing wildfires on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. 

The district float was designed to replicate two types of lookout towers. Smokey Bear waved to parade attendees from the traditional lookout building, still in use today. On the back of the float was a representation of the early tree lookouts. Forest Service personnel in the early to mid-1900 would put long metal pins all the way up tall trees so they could climb the tree, and build platforms on top to check for wildfires.  The lookout trees no longer exist in the forest but the Apache-Sitrgeaves National Forests currently has nine functioning lookout towers.

With the help of Lakeside Engines 374, 372 and 671, as well as Rangeland Management Specialist Matt Kilford, the parade float was well received by parade goers.  Firefighters dressed in their full wildland fire gear, with some carrying chainsaws, walked along with the float.  Patrol 1-7 lead the float and Engine 372 followed the float. 

The Lakeside Ranger District would like to thank all the fire personnel and other district personnel who made the entry into the parade possible.  Trees for the float were generously loaned to the district by Christopher Gardens Nursery in Lakeside, Arizona.   


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