Help Needed To Close High Point 12/14/18

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Leif needs 4 people to help close High Point on Friday 12/14/18. Meet at Palomar Station at 0900. This normally takes 3 or so hours to complete.

If you can help, please email Leif directly at Do not reply to this email.

Boucher will likely be closing on 12/15/18. An email will go out asking for help when Fenton  knows his requirements.



High Point for 12/01/2018

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From:Leif Blensly
1st Lookout:6-Blensly, Leif(T)

In Service: 0759 – 1557 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:None

Weather:Chilly! Never got above 37, winds from the west 8-15. Visibility poor/fair/poor/fair……

Communications: Good Comms with CNF and BH

Number of Visitors: 2. Total for the year = 1067

Additional Information:Have a good holiday!

Boucher Hill for 12/01/2018

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From:Randy Lowenstein
1st Lookout:88-Lowenstein, Randy(V)
2nd Lookout: 89-Lowenstein,D (V)

In Service: 0736 – 1547 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:1505hrs. smoke @ 277° @ 28mi. on Camp Pendleton (info only) within 10 minutes after seeing the smoke the clouds moved back in and was unable to see, no lightning or other incidents

Weather:am=DB37/39, WB35/39, humidity 84%/ 100%, DP33°/39°, wind W@5/ S/SW@12 w/gusts to 18, visibility Poor heavy fog/ Poor w/heavy fog, clouds finally cleared @ 1405 w/ 7mi visibility, only lasted 1hr. and then zero visibility.

Communications: Good clear communication w/ CNF & Surcom & HP on the LBR, VOIP was out of order, after reset it worked good. Very light radio traffic.

Number of Visitors: am=9, pm=25, Daily Total=34, Yearly Total=10601

Additional Information:Outside temp remained @ 37° all day, 40° in cab upon arrival.
While locking up the lower gate after my shift I glanced back up the road and saw what looked like a small mountain lion, it stood there and stared at me then turned and strolled up the hill.( unable to get a pix) I spoke with Jessica and she felt that based on my description it could possibly be a mtn. lion. She was going to investigate further. A few shifts back I read in the blog another sighting was made and at first thought to be a feral cat, but may have been the same mtn. lion I saw today. Jessica stated that there were no feral cats on the mtn. I cleaned all woodwork inside of the cab & swept floors & stairs and cleaned handrails. Charged all radio batteries. Until next season, Happy Holidays….. KCB591

Boucher Hill for 11/30/2018

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From:Kevin Lares
1st Lookout:65-Lares, Kevin(V)
2nd Lookout: 76-Drilling, Greg (V)

In Service: 0725 – 1140 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:nothing

Weather:The drive up the S-7 provided fog, rain and limited visibility with things only getting worse at the tower. A cool 37 degrees with fog and rain giving approximately 50-75 feet of visibility. The space heater was a bonus.

Communications: The expertly placed trash can controlled the water flow and collected half a bucket of water.
A simple reset of the Voip solved the problem. Good communications with HP.

High Point for 11/30/2018

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From:Dan Timmes
1st Lookout:36-Timmes, Dan(V)

In Service: 753 – 1202 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:None

Weather:Cloudy,rainy .37° at start rose to 42 by Midday. Winds from west at 20 ,steady.

Communications: Good LBR with Boucher

Number of Visitors: 2/1065 . 2 runners Mike & Keith left Oak Grove at 7:00 got to High Point at 9:30.

Additional Information:Patches of snow at 6,000 feet that all melted by Midday.

High Point for 11/29/2018

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From:Mike Downs
1st Lookout:18-Downs, Mike(V)
2nd Lookout: 82-Ruesch, S(C)

In Service: 0751 – 1400 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:None

Weather:AM/PM: DRY 40/41; WET 38/38; HUM 86/79; DEW 36/35; WINDIR S/SW; WINSPD 20-25/35-40; GUS —/—; VIS POOR/POOR; SKY FOG/FOG; MAR LAY NOT VISIBLE/NOT VISIBLE; SOW 4&6/4&6. Dense fog, driving rain, and high winds all day.

Communications: Good comms w/CNF. Good comms w/BH via LBR and VOIP. Water leaking into cab above windows on south, west, and north walls. Lots of things not in their usual place as they were moved to keep dry.

Number of Visitors: zero today, 1,063 YTD

Additional Information:Tower was rocking and rolling in the wind. Closed early due to zero vis. Wind meter not working due to moisture in tube, was not able to dry it out; notice that we are out of replacement balls for the wind meter. Window blinds left up to help dry out window sills. There is a lot of standing water around and in the locker at Palomar Station.

Road Condition: The forest roads are in good condition after the rain. There is minor erosion from the jurassic gate to the tower.  Lookouts travelling tomorrow in the dark need to be cautious on Canfield Rd (S6). Small rocks have come down from the sides of the hill onto the road and may look like pine cones in the dark. Damage may be caused if you drive over them.

Boucher Hill for 11/29/2018

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From:David Turk
1st Lookout:92-Turk, David(C)
2nd Lookout: 19-Lloyd, S(C)

In Service: 0750 – 1357 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:N/A

Weather:DB 40/44 WB 43/44 H 100/100 DP 40/44 Winds SW 30/28 Gusts 40/38
Highest Sustained Wind 56 in A.M. Visibility Poor/Poor Sky Cond Heavy Fog/Heavy Fog ML N/A. Note: Wind & gusts picked up again just before OOS.

Communications: Good comms with CNF, SURCOM, & HP (LBR). VoIP phone took several resets until it worked. WiFi was out for short periods throughout shift.

Number of Visitors: 2/0

Additional Information:SW angled window leaked profusely. Started out using paper towels to form a channel for rainwater to a trash can. Finally, used duct tape to channel the water to trash can. ***WILL LEAVE TRASH CAN IN PLACE OVERNIGHT. Cabinet beneath leaking window was cleared out and bug-out bag and fire shelters were left on sink where it is dry. ****Both lower rooms were dripping water from upper outside walls. Note: please excuse lack of photos as we were a bit busy keeping the leaks in check. Note: Left old tee shirts in place to collect any overflow.

Shanes Note: Jessica is aware of the leaking and will inform SP maintenance.

Officially 2 Days Left In The Season

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Hi Everyone,

Another season is but hours away from finishing and the County managed to survive any major incidents. I want to thank everyone for their service and contributions for 2018, it couldn’t be accomplished with you. Already preparations are happening in the background for the 2019 season, no rest for the wicked apparently.

The shifts on Saturday will be the officially the last for the season but the towers will be on standby for a further two weeks in the event of late Santa Ana’s. In the event of these materializing we will put out a call via email for people to staff up last minute. The tower leaders Leif and Fenton will be coordinating full tower closure (probably weekend of 12/15), once they have that organized an email call will go out for people to help shutter the towers.

Boucher People: The State Park Appreciation lunch is this Sunday. If you haven’t made up your mind to attend yet, its not to late, please email Jessica at and let her know you’ll be coming. The guys at the park put in a lot of effort to show their appreciation for the volunteers and we make up the largest group at Palomar. Its a perfect chance to meet them. I will not be there unfortunately due to a upcoming medical procedure.

Dont forget the FFLA potluck lunch and awards event on 1/5/19 in San Marcos. That’s always a fun event. Please email Sara at and let her know if your are attending or not.


Shane Harris

Boucher Hill for 11/28/2018

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From:Randy Lowenstein
1st Lookout:88-Lowenstein, Randy(V)
2nd Lookout: 89- Lowenstein, D (V)

In Service: 0746 – 1540 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:1 smoke at 132° @ 15 mi. control burn by Cal Fire, no lightning or other incidents to report

Weather:am= DB52, WB39, Hum. 30%, DP22, Wind S/SW @ 10, Ground visibility 7mi. Sky clear with scattered cirrus, marine layer 1500’ft. / pm= DB50, WB43, Hum. 59%, DP36, Wind S/SW @10 gusts to 18, ground visibility fair/haze, sky clear, marine layer coastal. At 1500 hrs. the clouds moved in and surrounded the area and visibility was zero. stayed until 1540 but no change in cloud cover. Winds came from the S/SW the entire shift.

Communications: Good communication with CNF & Surcom, Good clear reception with HP & RM
landline worked well.

Number of Visitors: am=4, pm=6, Daily total=10, Yearly Total=10565

Additional Information:Cal Fire conducting control burn @ Hwy 76 & 78 @ Morettis Junction 126 ac. USFS conducting control burn on Mt Laguna @ Sunrise Hwy and Los Huecos Rd. Called the Agua Burn. Cancelled due to high winds. I left all information on both burns on the map table and on the Osborne Fire Finder. I brought trash bags( additional roll in drawer) paper towels & Clorox disinfecting wipes.

High Point for 10/28/2018

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From:Ray Trussell
1st Lookout:13-Trussell, Ray(V)

In Service: 0755 – 1505 :Out of Service
Smokes, Lightning & Incidents:One smoke at a 151° 14 miles, Cleveland advised it was a controlled burn by calfire.

Weather:Quite clear this morning, chilly and breezy. The wind picked up throughout the day, and by the afternoon the howling around the cab in addition to the as yet unidentified banging noise, made for a slightly creepy experience. I’m glad I’m not overnighting. Marine layer was visible off the coast but as the day progressed gained in elevation and moved inland. By the end of the day it felt like being on an island in a sea of clouds.

Communications: Good lbr communications with red Mountain, the VoIP phone worked, and the Cleveland radio work well.

Number of Visitors: None

Additional Information:There are controlled Burns pending with the Forest Service throughout the Palomar district, as well as one on Mount Laguna. I believe calfire has others as well, but I don’t have the particulars. I was caught by surprise from the one I reported, as the Laguna burn was cancelled due to winds, so I wasn’t expecting to see any others. However the one I saw was a Cal fire burn, and not Forest Service.