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Video: Idaho Lookout Wrapped in Foil Like a TV Dinner (No Baking Please)


They practically look like TV dinners, but no one wants to see them bake.

United States Forest Service lookouts have traditionally been used as a preventative tool to spot and help manage wildfires from a distance. Now the Forest Service is so worried about its lookouts and cabins across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests—the scene of some of this season's most devastating fires—that it's wrapping the structures in foil.

KREM-TV reports that the lookouts are being wrapped in multiple-ply foil (a full roll costs about $398) and duct tape. The process, known as "Shelterwrap" has been used since the late 1980s with what USFS says is "tremendous" success.