Mount Pinos - AWS Site
US 2016, CA 133
Mount Pinos - Aircraft Warning Service Site

Mount Pinos - Aircraft Warning Service Site

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 2016, CA 133 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered April 16, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Ventura County, California
Coordinates N 34° 48.768' W 119° 08.722' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 48' 46" W 119° 08' 43"
N 34.812803° W 119.145364°
Elevation 8,847 ft (2,697 m)
Built 1942-43
Removed Unknown
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest
Cooperators United States Army Ground Observer Corps


Forest fire detection was occurring as early as 1927 according to newspaper reports. It is unknown if any structure was built prior to WWII.

The Mount Pinos structure was a dual purpose site, used for enemy aircraft spotting and fire detection. A standard AWS post structure with a ground cabin and cupola were constructed in 1942/43.

The US Forest Service built, provisioned and staffed these posts. The US Army reimbursed the US Forest Service for all costs. Operators were expected to report all aircraft activities and report all fires and smokes to USFS dispatch. Aircraft information was then relayed to the Army.

Fire detection may have continued after WWII. Building removal date is unknown.


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