SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Volunteers are now being recruited for the season to serve as fire lookouts on Miami Mountain.
Miami Mountain is a lookout tower located northwest of Nippinawasee and is staffed throughout the fire season by Forest Service Volunteers.
The tower is a great asset to our mountain community because it is situated in a prime location and directly overlooks the communities of Nipinnawasee, Ahwahnee, Bailey Flats, Raymond, Coarsegold and Oakhurst in Madera County; and Ponderosa Basin, Usona, Bootjack, Lush Meadows, Mariposa, and Oakgrove in Mariposa County.
Fire Lookouts are responsible for keeping an eye out for smoke across the surrounding areas and contacting Sierra National Forest Dispatch Center and/or the California Department of Forestry (Cal Fire) Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit (MMU) to inform them of a possible vegetation or structure fire.
No experience is necessary and training will be provided.
There will be a meeting on Saturday, Apr. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bass Lake Ranger District Office at 57003 Road 225 in North Fork, and will include all returning volunteers and any new recruits. Volunteers can sign up to staff the tower and learn more about the duties of a fire lookout.
For anyone interested in volunteering to staff Miami Lookout, but who is not able to attend the meeting is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get further information.
Below is a map of the location of the Bass Lake Ranger District Office in North Fork.