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Wisconsin fire towers key to early detection

Published 03/31/2010, Duluth News Tribune

Bea Laakkonen is one of dozens of seasonal fire spotters across Wisconsin who climb ladders or stairs — 159 steps at the Gordon tower — nearly every day this time of year to search the horizon for puffs of smoke. They bring lunch, a Thermos and maybe a crossword puzzle book to the job. But mostly they bring a keen eye.

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