- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a measure to save the popular Green Mountain fire lookout, which a federal judge has ordered removed from its perch in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell called for the expedited legislation, which passed Thursday. The House is expected to consider a companion bill next week.

The lookout was built in 1933, and the Forest Service used a helicopter and machinery to repair it in 2009. That prompted a lawsuit from a Montana-based environmental group: Such methods aren’t allowed in federal wilderness areas.

A judge ordered it removed, but the state’s congressional delegation has been trying to save it. The structure is popular with hikers, tourists and locals in nearby Darrington - a community reeling from last month’s devastating landslide, which killed at least 30 people.

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