ConnectAnza installs fiber optics at Red Mountain fire tower

ConnectAnza fiber optic installation technician Donald Kay works on the internet connection at the Red Mountain Lookout Wednesday, July 17. Courtesy photo

ConnectAnza technicians installed fiber-optic high speed internet service at the Red Mountain Fire Lookout in Sage Wednesday, July 17.

The Anza Electric Cooperative is donating the internet service to assist in wildfire prevention.

Red Mountain Lookout leader Paul McDonnell was on-site for the installation, which was conducted by ConnectAnza fiber optic installation technicians Donald Kay and Jaime Cardenas-Rosas.

“Because there is no cellphone signal in that area, the internet allows much better communications for the lookout tower,” AEC telecommunications manager Debbie Winger said.

The Red Mountain Lookout is located at an elevation of 4,573 feet and is perched atop Red Mountain in the southern part of the San Bernardino National Forest southeast of Hemet in Sage. The lookout has unprecedented views of the southern San Jacinto Mountains and overlooks parts of Anza, the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, Reed Valley, Bautista Canyon and the Diamond Valley Reservoir.

Red Mountain is the newest lookout facility in the San Bernardino National Forest and was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The mountain that lends the lookout its name is noted for the distinctive red granite found on its peak.

To learn more about the ConnectAnza internet service, visit the AEC at

For more information on Red Mountain Lookout or to schedule an appointment, visit

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at