Volunteers Needed To Staff Fire Lookouts

Susan A. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – Southern California Mountains Foundation is looking for Volunteers for the Fire Lookout Host Program.

The Fire Lookout Host Program is one of six volunteer programs of the Southern California Mountains Foundation, and is recruiting Volunteers to staff fire lookouts for the 2017 fire season.  Lookout Volunteers help to protect the forest and local mountains communities, as well as the communities along and outside of the forest boundary, from the threat of fire.  Lookout Volunteers also serve as hosts to many visitors to the lookouts.



New Volunteer training in the mountain communities begin April 18th at Forest Service, 28104 Hwy 18, Skyforest at 6:30 p.m.

To be a Fire Lookout Host, the Volunteer must attend 4 training classes.

  1. Orientation – Two hour introduction to the program
  2.  Interpretation/Natural History – three hour class
  3.  Operations – an all day seven hour class
  4.  In-Tower Training – an eight hour, hands on training, that takes place in the Lookout with an experienced Host.

Lookout Hosts must be professional, reliable, attentive, and most importantly, trustworthy, as they may have a larger perspective of the fire environment, how incoming weather impacts it and the safety of personnel in the field. Anyone age 18 over can become a Lookout.



For more information on becoming a Lookout Host or about the Mountains Foundation visit our website http://www.mountainsfoundation.org/programs/fire-lookouts.