National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Fire Lookout, THSP

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  • Provides for the detection and reporting of fires from a lookout station.
  • Uses standard fire finders to determine location of smoke or fires in relation to landmarks.
  • Estimates distance to and probable size and characteristics of fires.
  • Reports azimuth, distance, location, volume, color, behavior of smoke, and other pertinent information by radio or telephone.
  • Reports weather and fire behavior information.
  • Records and reports daily weather observations.
  • Maintains records and log books.
  • Operates a radio communications center, receiving and relaying messages and information received relating to weather, fire hazards, fire emergencies, accidents, location of crews, etc.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Should have I-100, S-110


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