Through a joint effort of the U.S.F.S. Bass Lake Ranger District and the Central Sierra Fire Lookout Group, trained volunteers staff the perimeter of the of the Miami Mountain Fire Lookout in Ahwahnee at 4,327 feet in elevation, scanning the view for smoke, dust, or other elements that indicate wildfire.
The lookout is currently seeking part-time volunteers for the 2018 fire season. Sitting atop Miami Mountain, between Madera and Mariposa county lines the station has been there for over 80 years.
“Early detection is the key,” said Don Cohn, a 12-year volunteer at the lookout. “With early detection of a wildfire, being able to allocate resources quicker saves life and property. The earlier you get it, the sooner you get resources on scene, the more chance you have to control it.”
The orientation meeting will be on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at the Sierra National Forest Bass Lake Ranger District Office located at 57003 Rd. 225 in North Fork, CA. Interested volunteers can sign up at the meeting or ahead of time at the Miami Mountain Fire Lookout Facebook page.