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Trek to the lookout tower

Charles White dashes to join group of Slide Mountain volunteers after setting a timer on his camera. For the first time since the Day Fire was extinguished, the volunteers were allowed to hike to the top of the mountain near Pyramid Lake to assess the condition of the lookout tower. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Angeles National Forest fire lookout volunteer John Cordi points out burned and unburned areas during a brief pause while hiking to Slide Mountain. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Volunteer Ric Opalka looks through the visitor’s register after hiking to the Slide Mountain fire lookout tower. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Pam Morey, the fire lookout coordinator for the Angeles National Forest, and her husband George Morey, the fire lookout coordinator for the San Bernardino National Forest who is carrying the Osborne Fire-Finder, take a break during their hike. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Volunteer Charles White hugs Pam Morey, who became emotional after seeing that the Slide Mountain fire lookout tower survived the Day Fire and was still intact. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Rounding a bend gives Angeles National Forest fire lookout volunteers a glimpse of the still-standing Slide Mountain fire lookout tower. They were amazed even the fiberglass out-structure was still intact. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Pam Morey calibrates the Osborne Fire-Finder. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Volunteer John Cordi raises the flag during their brief visit to the fire lookout tower. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
The volunteers hike to Slide Mountain as day breaks. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
Vvolunteers pause to regroup during their hike. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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