[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Fire lookouts

Jake Low hello at jakelow.com
Tue Nov 10 21:16:35 UTC 2020

Proposal page: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/fire_lookouts

Fire lookouts are structures used by firefighting personnel to spot wildfires and monitor them as they develop. Lookouts are usually built on high vantage points in the wilderness, and staff often live on site during the fire season.

This proposal suggests introducing two new tag values: building=fire_lookout to indicate that a building is or was originally built to be a fire lookout, and emergency=fire_lookout to indicate that a feature (usually a building=* or man_made=tower) is used for fire spotting.

Note that fire lookouts are sometimes but not always towers, and thus a new tower:type=fire_lookout tag wouldn't be an appropriate way to map them. Additionally, some lookout structures are historic and no longer used for fire spotting, and some non-lookout structures are used for fire spotting (such as towers), hence the need for two tags.

This is my first OSM proposal. I'm excited to hear your feedback!


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