Co-op: Angeles National Forest & Los Angeles County Forestry Department
The Grass Mountain lookout was a cooperative lookout between the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Forestry Department.
August 27, 1951: "Three lake resorts were menaced today by crackling flames which have blackened more than 8,000 acres of brush and timber 20 miles north of here in the Angeles National Forest. More than 500 men were on the firelines. The blaze, which started three days ago, was believed to have started from a carelessly tossed cigarette. Fire breaks were thrown up to protect resorts at Lake Hughes, Elizabeth lake and Munz lake. Extensive backfiring at Lake Hughes was undertaken to halt the roaring flames. The 600 residents of the lake were prepared to evacuate. Three men were burned and a helicopter destroyed in the San Francisco canyon area. A U.S. Forestry Service lookout atop Grass Mountain also went up in flames. Forestry officials said the fire, fanned by winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour, was crackling out of control and is 22 miles long." (The Bridgeport Post - Connecticut)