Oregon Peak Lookout
US 1373, CA 196
Oregon Peak Lookout - 2009

Oregon Peak Lookout - 2009 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1373, CA 196 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 30, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Yuba County, California
Coordinates N 39° 23.281' W 121° 10.616' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 23' 17" W 121° 10' 37"
N 39.388018° W 121.176933°
Elevation 3,442 ft (1,049 m)
Built 1935
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (Cal Fire NEU)
Cooperators Cal Fire Volunteers In Prevention (VIP) Program


Oregon Peak has been a fire detection site since 1921. All three structures at this station were built by the CCCs. The 60 foot tower topped with a 7x7 observation cabin is an Aermotor Company product. CDF remodeled the cab in 1960, adding a catwalk, metal door and aluminum sliding windows (with matching shutters). The house is similar to the Howell Mountain Lookout station. It maybe a Forest Service, BC-101, design. The garage is based on the Forest Service "J" building design. Asbestos tile siding and corrugated roofing have been added to both buildings, otherwise the facilities are near original. The house features 1/1 double hung windows, wood paneling (with battens), vinyl tiles over T&G flooring, and recessed porches with solid rails topped by non-chamfered wood posts. There is a "sheepherder" style wood stove in the residence. The garage has a concrete slab foundation; it features original doors, windows and etc.

Oregon Peak is a heavily timbered mountain ridge located to the west of the New Bullards Bar Dam. Oak, pine, cedar and fir predominate the area. There are communications vaults and towers to the south of the lookout tower. A 10,000 gallon concrete water storage tank is north of the garage. The station is 2. 2 miles from paved road. Public access is restricted by a neighboring private campground, run for scouting organizations. (MVT 10/91)

Oregon Peak Lookout is currently operated by volunteers. The volunteers, known as V.I.Ps (Volunteers In Prevention), first started staffing the lookout in 1992, when the California Department of Forestry stopped funding paid lookouts. Guy Wolf and Greg Crompton, representatives from the former Lake Francis Grange, approached Cal Fire with the idea of staffing the lookout with volunteers from the Dobbins/Oregon House area. Approval was given, and Oregon Peak became the pilot model for this type of program. Many lookouts from throughout the state of California followed their lead. Over the years Oregon Peak and other lookouts have been credited with numerous first reports of wildland fires. (Oregon Peak VIPP 2018)


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