Conservation (Fire) Camps

Parole Agents at a meeting

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2014: 9
Total Staffing (CAL Fire) 2014: 13
Total # Inmates (as of 10/28/2014): 116

Camp Products

Conservation Project for live Oaks, and Cottonwood Trees

Community service projects

McCain Valley crews conduct maintenance at local parks, Little League fields, and provide firewood for elderly residents in the community.

Welcome to McCain Valley Conservation Camp #21

McCain Valley Conservation Camp #21

2550 McCain Valley Rd., Boulevard CA. 91905
(619) 766-4393

Camp Staff

Lieutenant J. Balvanz, Camp Commander
Sergeant R. Allen, Assistant Camp Commander
J. Diaz, Correctional Officer
J. Flores, Correctional Officer
E. Huff, Correctional Officer
B. Marks, Correctional Officer
D. Perey, Correctional Officer
J. Quick, Correctional Officer
S. Williams, Correctional Officer

CalFire Staff: 1 Division Chief, 10 Fire Captains,
1 Heavy Fire Equipment Operator, 1 Office Technician

Camp History

McCain Valley Conservation Camp #21 was established in 1986, and is operated jointly with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire), and is comprised of both CDCR staff and CAL Fire. Since its inception, the Conservation Camp has evolved into a highly mobile work force engaging in all forms of risk disaster mitigation. This includes, but is not limited to, pre-fire fuel management, including the development and maintenance of fire defense improvements and facilities. Also the mission statement of McCain Valley Conservation Camp encompasses a labor force for conservation related projects for local, state, and federal agencies.

In 2013 McCain Valley Conservation Camp assisted in controlling Border Fires encompassing 23,000 acres. Also, McCain Crews were sent on a 27 day out of county assignment to the RIM Fire in Yosemite National Park, thus saving California taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This program provides convicted felons with the opportunity to give something back to California citizens while paying their debt to society.

In addition to the missions listed above, the Camp Administration is Charter Member of the Border Agency Fire Council (BAFC) and has been since its inception.

Inmate Programs

CPR/First Aid
AA/NA meetings
GED and College Educational programs
Mile Stone
Faith Based Programs

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