June 27, 1930: ""A four day training school opened yesterday at the Cispus road camp for the fire protection force of the Rainier National Forest. It will close Friday." On the Randle district K.I. Peters will occupy Burley Mountain for the summer. (The Chehalis Bee-Nugget)
June 19, 1931: "The Rainier National Forest heads announce a three-day training course to be held at Packwood June 19-21. The purpose is to provide advance training for the protective personnel in fire detection, report and suppression methods." On the Randle district - K.I. Peters at Burley Mountain. (The Chehalis Bee-Nugget)
1934: An L-4 ground house constructed. (Fire Lookouts of the Northwest)
May 27, 1960: "The first lookout in the Randle District - Burley Mountain, 28 miles south of Randle - is scheduled to be placed in operation June 24, according to Robert A. Wood, district assistant. Continued wet weather will probably delay its opening." (The Daily Chronicle)
May 5, 1964: "A major change in forest fire detection in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was announced today by Ross W. Williams, forest supervisor, in Vancouver. Regularly scheduled air patrols by trained observers this summer are expected to replace coverage heretofore provided by an extensive system of lookouts. The 37 regular and emergency lookout stations manned in previous years will be reduced to just six regularly manned lookouts during the coming fire season. The six stations retained will help provide communications coverage for the forest -- the primary reason for their retention. One of the retained stations will be Burley Mountain, Randle District." (Longview Daily News)
July 13, 1968: "The story is true. The girl is Darleen Kemper, and she maintains the fire watch from the top of Burley Mountain southwest of Randle and 5,310 feet in the air. Darlene likes to get way from it all in the summer, and you just can't get much farther away than the top of Burley Mountain." (The Daily Chronicle)
July 13, 1968: "A Concrete, Wash., school teacher is living on top of a mountain this summer southwest of Randle -- and enjoying every minute of it. She staffs a fire lookout station atop 5,310-foot Burley Mountain. Her job may be the ultimate answer for those who really 'want to get away from it all' in the summertime. The teacher is Charleen Kemper, and she is the only female lookout in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This is the second summer Miss Kemper has spent atop Burley Mountain." (The Daily Chronicle)
July 7, 1972: "Officials reported the Burley Mountain lookout is the only tower open in the Randle Ranger District and is being operated by a 23-year-old girl, Jan Grose, from Mossyrock. Forest Service officials at Randle reported they expect to have a more sophisticated communications system in operation in their district within the next few years. This will also make the Burley Mountain lookout unnecessary, the officials said." (The Daily Chronicle)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BURLEY PID - SB1015 STATE/COUNTY- WA/LEWIS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - TOWER ROCK (1994)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (EBB) ON THE HIGHEST PART OF BURLEY MOUNTAIN ABOUT 10 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF RANDLE, ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF THE CISPUS RIVER, ABOUT 0.15 MILE NORTHEAST OF THE BURLEY MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT HOUSE, 255 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE GARAGE, 50 FEET OF THE CENTER OF A GRADED ROAD AND ON THE CREST OF THE RIDGE. HIGHER ELEVATION IS TO THE SOUTHWEST.
TO REACH FROM THE POST OFFICE IN RANDLE. GO EAST ON STATE HIGHWAY NUMBER 5 FOR 0.1 MILE, TURN RIGHT AS PER THE SIGN READING CISPUS 10 MT. ADAMS 40 AND GO SOUTH FOR 1.2 MILES, TURN LEFT AND GO EAST AND SOUTH FOR 8.4 MILES, TAKE THE RIGHT HAND FORK, STRAIGHT AHEAD, AND GO 0.2 MILES, CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE WHICH SPANS THE CISPUS RIVER AND CONTINUE SOUTHWEST FOR 0.6 MILE, TURN RIGHT, AS PER THE SIGN READING IRON CREEK 8, CISPUS LODGE 1 AND GO NORTHWEST FOR 0.8 MILE, TURN LEFT, ONTO THE GREENHORN ROAD, AND GO WEST FOR 1.0 MILE, TURN LEFT AS PER THE SIGN READING BURLEY MT. 9-1/2 AND FOLLOW THE MAIN TRAVELED ROAD SOUTH, UP GRADE, FOR 7.8 MILES, TURN LEFT AND GO NORTH FOR 0.4 MILE TO THE TOP OF THE HILL THE END OF THE ROAD AND THE STATION.