Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District

Miami Mtn. Fire Lookout Volunteer Forms & Information 
The Miami Mtn. Lookout is usually open from Memorial Day Weekend through October or November each year.

Each individual (including those under 18 years of age) must be a U.S. citizen or national
and submit volunteer paperwork with the U.S. Forest Service every year.
Couples may train and staff together.
Those under 18 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian,
who must also have approved paperwork and be trained to staff the Lookout.

Those wishing to Volunteer at Miami Lookout (new and returning) should attend and fill out the required
 U.S. Forest Service paperwork every year at the pre-season sign up/orientation meeting.
This meeting is currently held on a Saturday morning in April or May,
at the Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger Dist. Office, in North Fork, CA.
The date & time will be published in local newspapers and other media as well as posted on
our General Activity Calendar and on the Central Sierra Fire Lookout Group and Miami Fire Lookout Facebook pages.
Those who staffed the LO the previous year will also receive an email notification of the sign-up meeting.

This years meeting was held on May 18th, but you can still sign up.

Those who CAN NOT attend the annual Lookout pre-season sign up/orientation meeting,
            can obtain the required paperwork and related information by contacting:

Franny Adams with the U.S. Forest Service
The best way to reach her is by email: frances.adams2@usda.gov

** Other contact infomation for Franny is:

Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District
Atten: Franny Adams
57003 Rd 225, North Fork, CA 93643

phone: (559) 877-2218 ext. 3109

Full submission information will be included with the forms she sends you.
Please contact Franny Adams directly with any questions regarding Volunteer paperwork.

- Evenyone must be filled out and submitted new paperwork every year. -
- Due to other obligations and duties of U.S.F.S. personal,
Paperwork NOT filled out and submitted at or before the annual pre-season sign-up/orientation meeting
can take longer to process and may not be approved/signed off in time to train or work at the lookout.

 When you send your paperwork back in to the Forest Service,
you should also let us know via miami.mtlo@gmail.com that you have sent it in.
(Please incluse the names and email address of everyone who has sent in paperwork)
This will allow us to check on you paperwork and once approved
We can get you the addtional information faster, that you will need
to get you started with your training and later with staffing the tower on your own.
Once the tower goes in service at the start of each season we have an orientation training/workday picnic at the tower,
for everyone who the Forest Service has recieved paperwork from and has send us their name and contact information.

When we are notifed your Forest Service paperwork is approved we will send you more information in reguards to getting
signed up with a trainer for your onsite training. Onsite Trianing usually takes one or two days or until you and your
trainer feel comfortable with you staffing the lookout on your own.
There are also some useful public pre-onsite training information and videos listed on this site at: http://csflg.org/training.htm.

Once your trainer lets me know that you are ready to staff on your own, you check the staffing calender for open days,
then contact me to sign up to staff the open days you'd like to staff.

Please feel free to email us via miami.mtlo@gmail.com if you have any further questions.
Emails will be forwarded to the Volunteer Staff Person most quaified to answer your questions.

Thank you,
Alice Ketman
Miami Mt. Lookout Volunteer Staffing Coordinator

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