MT. BUCK


Grid Reference FU 307387
Department DEPI
Work Depot Orbost
Region Gippsland
Grading Primary
Elevation (ASL) 507m
Height 33m
Construction Steel
Cabin size 2.1m x 2.1m
Public access to site Yes
In use since 1948 - '92 (timber)
1992 - current
CFA Region 11 - Eastern
Photo supplied by Paul Jones

Notes supplied by David Bannear contained an engineer report. The wooden tower was inspected in 1978 and found: "safe for another 10-15 years". An inspection in 1985 found the tower in "very good condition and could be expected to stay in service for a considerable time yet". Another inspection was carried out in November 1988 and the conclusion was that: "the structure has deteriorated markedly over the last three years. The round timber legs were splitting and decaying from the centre and although considered to be safe at present, will further deteriorate at an accelerated rate from now on". "In general the whole structure is showing its age and should be replaced with a steel fire tower over the next two years".

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Part of the original
supplied by Paul Jones

Mt. Buck cabin had a new full length door installed before the 2010-11 season. Information supplied by Graeme Wilson. Graeme retired from tower duties before the 2012-13 season.

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