PRIEST LAKE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho mountain lookout tower used by authorities to spot fires in the area has been closed due to vandalism.

The Daily Bee reported ( ) Tuesday that many items the lookout uses to find and report fires were taken within the past two weeks.

Priest Lake authorities state the lookout is closing due to public safety concerns and because of its remote setting, preparation of the upcoming fire season at Priest Lake and local fire resources being committed to fires in other states.

The Priest Lake Fire Protection District will continue to assess the damage to determine if and when the tower becomes usable again.

The District is home to the only two remaining lookouts operated by the Idaho Department of Lands.


Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee,