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This Fire Tower on the top of Bald Mountain is similar to those found on Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfoster67/9011842238/">George F. </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This Fire Tower on the top of Bald Mountain is similar to those found on Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Photo: George F. , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency plans hearing on Adirondack fire towers

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a public hearing on plans to restore two Adirondack fire towers designated as historic sites.

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The fire towers are on Hurricane Mountain near Keene and Saint Regis Mountain near Saranac Lake. Plans call for maintenance of the steel structures in compliance with the State Historic Preservation Act. New signs will be installed in and around the towers to tell the history of fire towers used by forest rangers in the Adirondacks.

DEC will have to inspect the structures and do any needed repairs. Full access is planned for both towers.

The plan for Hurricane includes installing a radio repeater and solar panels to improve emergency communications for forest rangers and conservation officers.

The public hearing is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Ray Brook.

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