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Originally published Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

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Legislation to save fire lookout near Darrington

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to protect the historic Green Mountain forest fire lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness near Darrington.

The Associated Press

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DARRINGTON, Wash. —

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to protect the historic Green Mountain forest fire lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness near Darrington.

A judge ruled last year that the lookout had to be torn down because it was repaired with the use of a helicopter in violation of the wilderness law.

The Daily Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/Y8Q6HZ) the legislation was introduced last week by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen.

The lookout on top of the 6,500-foot peak was originally built in 1933. No longer used by firefighters, it was restored in 2009 and remains a hiking destination. The lookout is on state and national registers of historic places.

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