The Fire Lookout Program is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest and the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization.
The four primary purposes of the Program are:
- Restore, maintain and staff the remaining lookouts of the Angeles National Forest.
- Interpret the natural and cultural history of the fire lookouts and the surrounding area.
- Generate interest in and support for the Fire Lookout Program.
- Encourage visitors to participate actively in caring for all of our National Forests.
The Program, managed by volunteers, serves an additional role in that the volunteers are trained to call in smoke and fire reports thus enhancing the fire fighting capabilities of the U.S. Forest Service. The Program objectives are:
- Staff and maintain the remaining fire lookouts
- Provide informal and impromptu interpretation of the surrounding area both cultural and historical
- Assist the Angeles National Forest by greeting visitors, and providing general forest orientation, information and assistance
- Assist the Angeles National Forest Recreation Staff by providing general recreation information
- Assist the Angeles National Forest Fire Prevention Staff through interpretive delivery of key fire prevention messages and hands-on experience with the Osborne Fire Finder and related devices
- Assist the Angeles National Forest Dispatch/Fire Suppression Staff by providing radio relay, accurate smoke reports and remote eyes and ears for incident assessment as needed
- Create a positive image for the U.S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association, its’ program, volunteers, partners and sponsors
Interested in becoming a Fire Lookout?
It just takes a few classes training and the desire to spend some time in the Angeles National Forest. For more information about becoming a fire lookout, please go to our Training page.