July 3, 1941: "Last Monday, Claude Crane of the Hat Creek Ranger Station called the Redding Shop and asked for mechanical service on a Cletrac 55 which was being used to open the Burney Mountain Lookout road. He explained that rats or porcupines had eaten the insulation from the high tension wires and had also eaten the upper radiator hose. The same day, after Angus March of the Redding Shop had made the necessary repairs and was filling the radiator, he was surprised when three good sized rats crawled out of the radiator filling spout. The shop hopes there were no drowned corpses left. --H.A. Mullin, Supt. Redding Shop--" (California Ranger)
October 28, 1965: "Irwin E. Bosworth, Forest Supervisor of the Lassen National Forest, announced last week that the Burney Mountain Lookout building, now over 30 years old will soon be replaced with a new structure of concrete block and steel cab. He stated that a contract has recently been awarded to Merle W. Means of Oroville, for this project. Included in the contract is the dismantling of the old tower located on Burney Mountain at an elevation of 7,850 feet, approximately 18 miles southwest of Burney. The bid price submitted by Mr. Means was $24,215. There were two other bidders. Superintendent for Mr. Means is Mr. Walter Blackston who estimates the start of construction at the site to be next May, with minor foundation work to begin this fall if weather permits. The cab will be pre-fabricated during the winter months. Grant Gulseth will be the Forest Service Inspector. Supervisor Bosworth commented that the Burney Mountain Lookout has always been a very important factor in the over-all fire detection facilities of the Lassen National Forest. It is one of the twelve lookouts placed in strategic locations throughout the Lassen Forest." (Chester Progressive)
October 13, 1971: "Mrs. Dell Duey has returned to Red Bluff after serving the summer as a fire lookout at Burney Mountain in the Hat Creek District, Lassen National Forest. She had been there since June 24. Her station was at an elevation of almost 8000 feet." (Red Bluff Daily News)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BURNEY MOUNTAIN LOT 1948 PID - LT0733 STATE/COUNTY- CA/SHASTA COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BURNEY MOUNTAIN WEST (1995)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1948 THE BURNEY MTN. LOOKOUT TOWER IS A STANDARD USFS LOOKOUT BUILDING THAT IS ELEVATED 12 FEET OFF THE GROUND. THE BOTTOM SECTION OF THE TOWER IS ENCLOSED AND IS USED FOR A STORE ROOM. THERE IS A WOODEN STAIRWAY FROM THE GROUND TO THE LEVEL OF THE UPPER FLOOR AND IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE TOWER.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE US POST OFFICE IN BURNEY GO SOUTHWEST ON US HIGHWAY 299 FOR 1.6 MILES TO A PRIVATE LOGGING ROAD ON THE LEFT. TURN LEFT, SOUTH, AND FOLLOW THIS LOGGING ROAD FOR 5.6 MILES TO THE SOUTH END OF A SWAMP AND A ROAD TO THE LEFT. TURN LEFT, EAST, AND KEEP THE FIRST RIGHT HAND ROAD AND GO EASTERLY UP A STEEP GRADE AND GO 2.5 MILES TO A T-ROAD LEFT. TURN LEFT, NORTH, AND GO AS PER SIGN BURNEY MTN L.O. 7 AND GO UP THE EXTRA STEEP MOUNTAIN GRADE TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE LOOKOUT ON THE SUMMIT AS DESCRIBED. THIS LAST MILEAGE IS CLOSE TO 7.0 MILES, IT COULD NOT BE CHECKED TOO CLOSE DUE TO THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD.
STATION RECOVERY (1973)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1973 (CLN) THE OLD BURNEY MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT TOWER HAS BEEN REMOVED AND A NEW LOOKOUT BUILDING HAS BEEN BUILT IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT LOCATION.