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Southern California Mountain Foundation seeks volunteers to staff fire lookout towers


Last updated 3/31/2018 at 1:52pm

SAN BERNARDINO – The Fire Lookout Host Program, one of the many volunteer programs of the Southern California Mountains Foundation, is now recruiting volunteers to staff fire lookouts for the 2018 fire season. Lookout volunteers help protect the forest and local mountains communities as well as communities along the forest boundary from the threat of fire. Additionally, lookout volunteers act as hosts to the multitude of people that visit the towers.

New volunteer trainings begin April 9. Becoming a fire lookout host is serious business and a lot of fun. Volunteers must attend four training classes: a two-hour orientation class, a three-hour natural history class, a seven-hour operations class and an all-day in-tower training that puts interested volunteers in the fire lookout with an experienced host.

Lookout hosts must be professional, reliable, attentive and 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 or over can become a lookout volunteer.

Dates and additional information are posted on the Southern California Mountains Foundation website, or contact the Fire Lookout Host program coordinator Pam Morey at (909) 225-1025 or [email protected]

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a nonprofit that believes connecting communities to its public lands is the key to their survival. They mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. The Mountains Foundation achieves its mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of the Southern California mountains and urban “forests.” Visit


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