SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO \u2013 Fire lookout structures today are becoming rarer and rarer. With the advent of mobile phones and the ability of an ever-growing contingent of backcountry users to report (and take pictures of) any fire start they may encounter, as well as more frequent air support\u2014from nearby fire suppression efforts to commercial airlines\u2014also calling in smokes, the need for a dedicated Forest Service employee to live in and spot from remote fire lookouts has become largely unessential.\r\n\r\nBut these structures once played an important role in spotting forest fires early and getting resources to them. This Saturday, August 24, from 11am to 2pm, the Sublette County Historic Preservation Board and the Bridger-Teton National Forest will host an open house celebrating the recently restored Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout in association with Smokey Bear\u2019s 75th anniversary.\r\n\r\nThe Deadline Ridge Lookout is located on the Deadline Ridge crest in the Wyoming Range, just southwest of Big Piney. The lookout was built in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was used as a fire lookout into the late 1960\u2019s. Over the past five years, members of the Sublette County Preservation Board have been working in partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest Heritage Program to restore the Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout.\u00a0 Historic preservation principles guided work that resulted in historically accurate paint colors, repair of existing door and windows, and installation of several newly built custom windows and shutters.\r\n\r\nThe Deadline Ridge Lookout is now seasonally open to visitors who wish to go inside and enjoy the interpretive panels. Join in Saturday\u2019s celebration of local history and take in the beauty of a fire lookout\u2019s expansive view.\u00a0Smokey Bear will be in attendance to celebrate this special fire lookout, along with a display of firefighting tools and fire prevention information from the past 75 years.\r\n\r\nSublette County Historic Preservation Board will provide lemonade and cookies for all to share.\u00a0Visitors are advised to bring layers, water, lunch, sun protection, and a chair.\u00a0Be prepared to walk a short distance from the parking area to the lookout.\r\n\r\nDeadline Ridge Lookout can be reached by travelling three miles south of Big Piney to the Calpet Road turnoff.\u00a0From there, watch for \u201cOpen House\u201d signs along the road.\u00a0Plan to drive about 45 minutes to reach the lookout.\u00a0Parking is limited, so carpool if possible.\u00a0High clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended.