Thompson Lookout. USFS photo
Thompson Lookout. USFS photo

QUINCY, Calif. August 3, 2016 – The Thompson Peak lookout and access road in the northeastern Plumas National Forest (PNF) will be temporarily closed from August 3 to September 30, 2016, due to construction activities. Fire watch coverage will not be affected by the closure.

“We’ve been unable to use the lookout since 2015 because of extensive windstorm and vandalism damage,” said Scott Lucas, forest fire management officer for the PNF. “The goal of these repairs is to make the lookout operational again.”

The communication system, also heavily damaged by vandalism, has been replaced.

Although the lookout facility itself is currently unusable, fire staff have had other arrangements in place on the peak since last year to monitor for smoke and fire in the area.

For more information please contact the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575, and visit the Plumas National Forest website at