One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tower, often at a high elevation, that especially in former years was staffed by a lookout for the detection of fires occurring over a wide area.
- ‘I worked in a fire tower for years.’
- ‘She spent four summers working on fire towers in western Idaho and eastern Oregon.’
- ‘I climb an old fire tower in the middle of the refuge.’
- ‘In December last year the pair tackled a man who had scaled the 80-foot fire tower at the training centre.’
- ‘I realize that one person sitting in the fire tower could have done a better job than all of us could have done on Mt Pleasant.’
- ‘The basin is relatively insecure and offers little in the way of conventional safety equipment such as fire towers.’
- ‘They had no means of communication except on the top of the fire tower.’
- ‘While I waited I realized that I hadn't taken a good look at him since having driven past a condemned barn and fire tower.’
- ‘The fire tower sits atop what is variously known as the Second Dome or the Fire Dome.’
- ‘It was Joburg's first formal fire station and it is the only remaining fire tower in the city.’
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