Volunteers wanted for fire lookout | SierraSun.com

Volunteers wanted for fire lookout

Photo by Lindsey RhynardThe view from Martis Peak

It might not be the toughest job you’ll ever love, but it very well may be the loveliest job that you don’t get paid for.

Unable to fund a paid position at the Martis Peak Lookout due to budget constraints, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is seeking volunteers to keep an eye out for wildfires during the current fire season.

The lookout is located on Martis Peak, approximately three mils northeast of Brockway Summit. It is accessed by a dirt road off Highway 267 near Brockway Summit.

From the lookout one can see much of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding basin. Looking north, Boca and Stampede reservoirs, Mount Rose and Castle Peak are all within view.

In the past, staffing the lookout has been done through a combination of paid and volunteer positions.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the lookout is an essential element for early wildfire detection.

But the only way officials will be able to staff it on a daily basis is with volunteer help.

Those interested in learning more about staffing the lookout should contact Fire Capt. Dean Levonian at CDF Station 50 at (530) 582-9471.

CDF will provide all the training needed, but those interested must have reliable transportation. All volunteers will be enlisted as a CDF Volunteer in Prevention, which provides reimbursement for travel expenses and possible tax breaks.

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