CDCR

Conservation (Fire) Camps

Parole Agents at a meeting

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2014: 11           
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2014: 14
Total # Inmates (as of 10/28/2014): 136

Camp Products

Information not available

Community service projects

1. Fuel Reduction / Fire Safety Preparations

2. Weed abatement.  Clear and repair drainages for flood control preparation.

3. General cleanup and light construction requiring labor intensive effort.

4. Maintenance of nature trails, camp grounds, fire breaks.

5. Snow removal and road clearing as conditions require.

6. Trash clean-up along roadways and highways.

 

Welcome to Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp #41

 

Big Rock Creek Road, Valyermo, Ca. 93563
PH: 661-944-0173

Camp Staff (CDCR)

Lieutenant W. Mock, Camp Commander
Sergeant D. Bakewell, Assistant Camp Commander
Sergeant G. Romo, Assistant Camp Commander
J. Billings, Correctional Officer
J. Caglia, Correctional Officer
R. Ginchereau, Correctional Officer
R. Humenick, Correctional Officer
T. Jackson, Correctional Officer
J. Orellana, Correctional Officer
M. Pena, Correctional Officer
R. Rogers, Correctional Officer

Camp History

Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp (CC#41) is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire).  The camp was opened in the spring of 1991, and currently houses up to 136 minimum security inmates.  The camp provides six full time Fire Crews, each containing 17 inmates.  The camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression assignments in Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino Counties.  Crews can be dispatched throughout the State.

The camp environment provides an opportunity for inmates to learn a valued skill and requires the development of sound work ethics.  For many criminal offenders this is a first opportunity to productively work at a professional trade.  Inmates quickly develop a sense of pride and accomplishment for the work they complete, and many pursue similar work upon release from custody.  The camp program provides a large work force at an affordable cost, as well as an effective opportunity for offenders to rehabilitate themselves.

The camp is located in a wilderness environment in the North/East portion of Los Angeles County.  Fenner Canyon was first developed/inhabited in 1902, and is named after the superintendent and co-owner of the Big Horn Mine Company, Fred C. Fenner.  In 1964, as mine activity ended, the Job Corp opened a center at the current location of Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp.  When the Job Corp vacated the facility in 1968, the camp was vacant until 1970 when it was reopened as a Youth Camp for Los Angeles County.  In 1979 the facility was transferred to the California Youth Authority and a partnership formed with Cal Fire.  In 1990 the Youth Authority withdrew from the camp, and in the early Spring of 1991, the camp reopened with adult offenders.  Over the years, Fenner Canyon has provided a valued service to the local communities, and provided new opportunities for its residents.

Inmate Programs

Self Help Education-GED, Correspondence College. 
Religious Services via local volunteers (three services per week)
Pre-Release Course
On going Fire Fighter training

           

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