2012 Training

The 2012 training dates are posted.  See the training page for the times and locations of the training for new and returning volunteers.  We’ll see you there!

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Updated Website

As you can see, the ANFFLA website has been updated.  We’re working on simplifying the site for both visitors and fire lookout members.  There will likely be more changes as the 2011 season continues on and if you have any suggestions that would be great to hear about.

For active duty fire lookouts: you should have received an e-mail with information about how to view the tower schedules.  If you didn’t get that e-mail, check with your tower leaders for the access code.

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2011 Training

The 2011 training dates are posted.  See the training page for the times and locations of the training for new and returning volunteers.  We’ll see you there! 

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New Ways to Support ANFFLA!

You can now help support ANFFLA in a few new ways.

  1. Donate Online
    You can donate directly online with your credit card or PayPal account.
  2. Ralph’s Club
    You can register Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association as your favorite charity and we will receive donations from Ralphs every time you shop.  It costs you nothing!  Get started » 
  3. Food4Less
    You can also register ANFFLA as your favorite charity with your for Food4Less card.  We will receive donations from Food4Less every time you shop.  It costs you nothing!  Get started »

Thank you for your support!

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2010 Training Dates

The training class dates for the 2010 season are now available!  Go to www.anffla.org/training for more information.

If you have any questions, you can contact ANFFLA using the contact form.

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KPCC Radio on the Station Fire

KPCC (89.3), the public radio station in Pasadena has broadcast two stories that feature ANFFLA and the loss of Vetter Mountain Lookout, as well as Slide Mtn. You can click on the links to dowload the audio.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2009/09/03/hiking-trails-impacted-station-fire/

The second features our president Pam Morey being interviewed with "Air Talk" host Larry Mantle.

http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2009/09/03/fire-update

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Station Fire Update – Vetter Mountain Lookout

We have received news that the Vetter Mountain Lookout Tower (pictured in the header photo of the ANFFLA website) was lost in the Station Fire.  While we are saddened by the loss of this historical building, we hold fondly our memories of time spent on the mountain top.  In a sadly ironic twist it was exactly seven years ago that we lost the South Mount Hawkins Lookout Tower to the Curve Fire.

While we do grieve the loss of such a wonderful and historic feature of the Angeles National Forest, we grieve all the more for those who have lost homes and loved ones to the Station Fire.

This is the only specific update that we have recieved today.  For additional news and information please see the previous news posting with links to official information channels.

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Station Fire Information Links

For those looking for information about the Station Fire, please use these links:

We may post more updates here at the ANFFLA website as we get credible information.

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Station Fire Update – Tuesday, 9/1/2009

As of noon today ( Tuesday) here’s the latest…

The Station Fire is now more than 121,000 acres burned. Largest fire in Angeles NF History. Containment is still 5 percent, with 100 percent containment not expected until September 13th.  Some specifics:

Fire has moved through the Charlton Flats area, Vetter Mountain lookout is still standing though also still threatened.

Fire has overtaken the Chilao  area. The status of Newcombs Ranch is unknown.

Fire has run up Mount Mooney. The status of Stony Ridge Observatory is unknown.

Hidden Springs Cafe is gone. The Wildwood House is gone.  Shortcut Fire Station ( below the tower) is damaged but is still standing.  Monte Christo Fire Station lost one structure and all residences, and the station may be gone.

The Abbey has been evacuated.

To all who want to know what you can do to help: contact one of the evacuation centers and ask them what their needs are.

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Lookout Ken Van Cise Passes

It is with sadness and a profound sense of personal loss that I must report the passing of Fire Lookout Ken Van Cise, who died quietly — of heart failure — in his sleep on the night of Tuesday, August 18. Ken was my best friend of 35 years and the best man at my recent wedding. 

Throughout the course of our long friendship, we spent much time exploring the wilderness during countless hiking, backpacking and camping expeditions. When we joined the ANFFLA a couple of years ago, we both felt that we had found a way to give back. Although Ken was a Lookout for less than three years, I know he enjoyed the work and took pride in doing it well.  He especially liked the chance to overnight in the cab and cook hearty, carbohydrate-soaked meals for himself and his fellow lookouts. 
Services for Ken will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 27, at the Rainbow Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Ken loved animals, and rescued dozens of displaced, orphaned or injured creatures, bringing many of them to the Wildlife Waystation, where he became well-known. Donations made in his memory to the Waystation, SPCA, Humane Society and/or the ANFFLA would all be appreciated and a fitting tribute to Ken.
He will be missed on our Mountain.
— Richard Krzyzanowski
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