NOVEMBER 14, 2005 -- When fire season begins in February, all four fire towers in Brunswick County will be empty.
For the first time since their construction in the early 1920's, Brunswick County will no longer man the fire towers.
Instead, the county is relying on residents and observers in small two-seater planes to spot fires. Rangers say as the county grows, there's less rural, forested land to keep an eye on.
Better communication tools and difficulty finding employees to man towers factored in the decision. Those towers won't be torn down. Officials say they will continue to maintain the towers in case they are needed for emergencies.