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Volunteers Needed for Miami Mountain Fire Tower Lookout

NIPINNAWASEE — The Sierra National Forest is looking for volunteers to staff the Miami Lookout tower during the summer fire season. If you want to help keep your local communities safe, this may be the opportunity for you.

Miami Mountain, a lookout tower located northwest of Nipinnawasee, is staffed throughout the fire season by Forest Service volunteers.

The lookout station is a tremendous asset to the mountain community as the tower provides unobstructed views 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.

Volunteer 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 if they spot a possible vegetation or structure fire.

Sierra National Forest will be holding a Volunteer Signup and Informational Meeting for the Miami Mountain Lookout Program on May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will take place at the Bass Lake Ranger Office (57003 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643).

The meeting will include all returning volunteers and any new recruits. At the meeting, Volunteers will learn more about the duties of a fire lookout.

No prior experience is necessary. Training will be provided. Volunteers may sign up for as many days as they would like from June to October between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Those unable to attend the meeting but interested in becoming a Miami Lookout Volunteer can contact Francisca Adams with the U.S. Forest Service, Bass Lake Ranger District at: 559-877-2218 ext. 3166 or frances.adams2@usda.gov.

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