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The Boucher Hill Fire Lookout is located within Palomar Mountain State Park at an elevation of 5438 feet in northern San Diego County. According to the CDF Lookout Survey of 1991, a tower has been located on Boucher Hill since 1921.


Original Forest Service Lookout built in the 1920s.







The third and current tower, shown below, was constructed and placed in service in 1948, and was last in service in 1983.

With a 16x16 foot base and a height of 30 feet, the current lookout is a splendid example of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF now known as CalFire) 809R design.






The 1934 Tower was transferred to CDF in 1936.   






Work has begun to fully restore the current tower, not only to enhance it as an historic and interpretive site, but also to re-commission it as a fully functioning fire lookout. When the current structural work is complete, the tower will transfer to the California State Parks, who will work with the Forest Fire Lookout Association - San Diego-Riverside Chapter to finish the lookout and re-open it for fire detection.

Go here to follow the progress of the reconstruction project.