FOREST FIRE LOOKOUT ASSOCIATION San Diego - Riverside Chapter
The Chapter was organized in 2008 as a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, maintaining and staffing the historic fire lookouts in San Diego and Riverside Counties of Southern California, principally those within the Cleveland National Forest. Since that time, two lookouts have been restored and returned to service with volunteer staff: Both Highpoint Tower & Boucher Hill Tower are now staffed by volunteers during the Southern California fire seasons as the chapter continues to improve and restore these iconic towers. To better understand what we do and why we do it please enjoy the rest of this page.
Highpoint Lookout in the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest first achieved a 100% staffing by FFLA-SDRC volunteers during the 2013 fire season. FFLA-SDRC has achieved that same 100% fire season staffing for every year since with few exceptions due to weather or personal consideration.
Boucher Hill Lookout in Palomar Mountain State Park wasn’t able to be 100% staffed, due to staff insufficiencies, every day during the 2013 season, however, with new volunteers being brought in the FFLA-SDRC first achieved a 100% staffing during the 2014 fire season. FFLA-SDRC has achieved the same 100% fire season staffing for every year since with few exceptions due to weather or personal consideration.
This has all been accomplished with volunteers who come from all walks of life and assistance from our supporting and sponsoring organization listed below. This all-volunteer organization is also diligently pursuing ongoing restoration at both sites.
Chapter Chair: Leif Blensly
Training Officer: Shane Harris