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The Boucher Hill Fire Lookout is a fully functioning fire tower located within Palomar Mountain State Park at an elevation of 5438 feet in northern San Diego County atop Boucher Hill Summit. It is open to the public as staff resources permit.

The lookout is owned by the Parks Department but staffed by volunteers supplied by The San Diego-Riverside Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association. To learn about the current status of the tower, go here, and be sure to enjoy the FFLA's video.

See below for the fire tower's interesting history...


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 was begun by in 2011 by The San Diego-Riverside Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association not only to restore and re-commission it as a fully functioning fire lookout, but to enhance it as an historic and interpretive site. In 2012 the tower was transferred to the California State Parks.