Volunteers sought to staff the Lookout Tower on Mt. Konocti
Contact Chris Rivera via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-279-2363 and leave your contact information.
The last group training session of this season was held on Saturday, July 30th 2016 at the Kelseyville Fire Station #55 in the morning, and in the tower later that afternoon. It was well-attended and we are grateful for the additional volunteers to both man the tower and help in other non-tower capacities. If you are still interested in helping us to protect Lake County from wildfire this season, please contact our Chapter Chairperson, Chris Rivera. His contact information is found above. Sponsors with material and financial donations are also welcome! Please help us revive, man and maintain the Mt. Konocti Lookout!
For more information about being a lookout volunteer, you may view this video, created last year by Lake County News, CAL FIRE and the FFLA.
The Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) founded in 1990, is an all-volunteer national organization involved in research of former forest fire lookout sites, ground cabins and early forest fire detection methods. Anecdotes of lookout operators both past and present are documented.
The Central California Western Region (FFLA-CCWR) was organized in 2015 as a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, maintaining and staffing historic fire lookouts in California’s Central Western Counties.
Mount Konocti Tower is a majestic landmark in Lake County, CA that can be seen from almost any point along the Clear Lake shoreline. Mount Konocti is a dormant volcano that sits at an elevation of 4,299 feet. Geologist estimate that the first and mayor eruptions occurred approximately 600,000 years ago, and evidence suggests the most recent volcano activity took place within the last thousand years. However geologist have concluded that much but not all of the volcano has become extinct. The remaining portions of Konocti from which activity could occur are dormant. Konocti is next to a beautiful lake called Clear Lake which is one of the largest most prolific freshwater lakes in the country, Clear Lake is a natural phenomenon born some 2.5 million years ago. Clear Lake is probably the oldest lake in North America since most lakes this old would be natural grasslands instead. Clear Lake Volcanic Field is located about 90 miles north of San Francisco, California. The Geysers steam field, which sits at the southwest margin of the volcanic region, is host to one of the world’s most productive geothermal power plants, producing enough electricity for 850,000 homes.
The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.
The Department’s firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually.
While Californians are learning more and more about the good as well as the bad of fire, the prevention of large, damaging fires remains a priority for CAL FIRE. From Smokey Bear, to the thousands of CAL FIRE Volunteers in Prevention (VIPs), to new alliances with communities, private industry, and government agencies, aggressive action in fire prevention and fire safety is occurring throughout the State.