Every Lookout in Oregon


Online Communities and Groups

Forest Fire Lookout Association Oregon Chapter’s Facebook Page

Forest Fire Lookout Enthusiasts Facebook Group

Fire Lookouts Facebook Group

U.S. Forest Service Lookouts

Oregon Fire Lookouts Facebook Group

Fire Lookouts of Washington Facebook Group

Fire Lookout Email Discussion Group


Rex’s Forest Fire Lookout Page
Includes comprehensive list of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota lookouts, along with many photos.

Forest Lookouts – Oregon
Ron Kemnow has done a tremendous amount of research and put it up on his website. Lookouts are listed by county. He also has a site for Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, and other western states.

Forest Fire Lookout Association
Founded in 1990, the FFLA promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of lookouts.

Sand Mountain Society
The Sand Mountain Society is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of fire lookouts.

National Historic Lookout Register
The National Historic Lookout Register is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service, the Forest Fire Lookout Association, state agencies, and other private groups to recognize historic fire lookouts throughout the United States.

Former Fire Lookout Sites Register
This site is a directory of former fire lookout sites.

Kyle Johnson’s Fire Lookout Project
Photographer Kyle Johnson is doing a similar project to mine and is visiting/documenting every standing lookout in Washington state. (Also see this link.)

Osborne Panoramic Images
This website provides low-resolution images of the panoramic photos taken from lookouts in Oregon and Washington in the 1930s.

Osborne Fire Lookout Panoramas
This website provides high-resolution images of the panoramic photos taken from Oregon lookouts in the 1930s.

Lookout 93
Emily Irelan’s project to visit the 93 remaining lookouts in Washington state.

Washington’s Fire Lookout Structures
A directory of still-standing lookouts in Washington.

Lookout History
A series of videos with Ray Kresek about the history of lookouts.


Fire Lookouts of the Northwest, by Ray Kresek

Finding Fire: A Personal History of Fire Lookouts in Lane County, Oregon, by Doug Newman

How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest, by Tom Foley and Tish McFadden

Lookouts: Firewatchers of the Cascades and Olympics, by Ira Spring and Byron Fish


Lookout History

The Lookout Cookbook: Region One

We Climbed the Highest Mountains, by Albert Arnst

A History of the Architecture of the USDA Forest Service: Lookouts