Fire Lookouts

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Fire Lookouts
Created On: Aug 30, 2006
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Fire Lookouts

Once there were over 8,000 fire lookouts dotting mountaintops across the United States. Today there are only a few hundred still in operation. I've visited ten in California including seven on the Sequoia National Forest (Needles, Jordan Peak, Mule Peak, Tobias Peak, Baker Point, Bald Mountain, and Buck Rock), two on the San Bernardino NF (Keller Peak, Strawberry Peak), and one in Marin County (Mt. Tamalpais). I also visited two lookouts in Wyoming (Kennaday Peak and Spruce Mountain). Please feel free to add photos of fire lookouts you have seen.

External Links

Forest Fire Lookout Association

National Historic Lookout Register

Buck Rock Foundation (Sequoia National Forest Fire Lookouts)

Online Photo Journal of a Volunteer Fire Lookout in California

Fire Lookouts in the Pacific Northwest

San Bernardino National Forest Fire Lookouts

Angeles National Forest Fire Lookouts


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sunfish - Aug 30, 2006 11:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Good idea

for an album. These structures are special and deserving of appreciation and preservation.



tarol - Aug 31, 2006 8:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good idea

Thanks and ditto. Also, those last lucky people who get to staff fire lookouts are among the most interesting and knowledgable people out there in the mountains, IMHO


tarol - Sep 1, 2006 9:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Another link

Done, thanks!


JasonH - Sep 4, 2006 3:57 pm - Voted 10/10

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Great idea for an album.


tarol - Sep 6, 2006 6:05 pm - Hasn't voted

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theronmoon - Feb 23, 2007 3:32 am - Voted 10/10


I have spent a lot of time searching for old lookout tower sites in Southern California. I really love them. Thanks for the page.


tarol - Feb 23, 2007 2:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: awesome

You're welcome!

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