Fire Lookouts

Fire lookouts are an integral component of wildfire detection in Alberta. Lookouts are located where visibility is favourable to detect and report wildfires. They consist of cabins located at the peak of a mountain or steel towers located on the highest ground throughout the forested lands.

With 100 active lookouts located throughout the province, it’s important to ensure lookout observers are dedicating their time to spotting and detecting smoke and fire in their designated area.

Lookout observers are responsible for reporting wildfire activity within five minutes of detection. To effectively survey their respective area, observers must be focused on their work. Please do not disturb the observers while they are working.

For questions related to the area you are visiting, please contact your local Forest Area Office or reference the available kiosks located near the observer base.

Did you know? Each lookout covers an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometres.

Updated: Dec 2, 2021