Antelope Conservation Camp #25


Camp Details

Contact Info

  • P.O. Box 270160, Susanville, CA 96127
  • (530) 257-2181, ext. 4224

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. T. Maine, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. G. Brackett, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 10
  • Total number of inmates: 51
  • Total inmate capacity: 120

Camp Products

  • Canvas Shop

Community Service Project Descriptions

  • Fish & Game – Public Services
  • BLM: Fire Defense Improvements
  • Local Government: Public Recreation
  • Cal Trans: Public Service

Camp History

Antelope Conservation Camp #25 was opened in February 1963. The camp is jointly operated by CDCR and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate fire areas for fire suppression activities in the Lassen Modoc Ranger Unit and in the Plumas County areas. In addition to fire suppression, incarcerated hand crews provide a work force for conservation and community services projects in the local area. The in-camp project is a CAL FIRE Canvas Shop which produces web gear for firefighters and is provided to crews and staff throughout the State.

CDCR is responsible for the supervision, care, and discipline of the inmates. CAL FIRE maintains the camp, supervises the work of incarcerated fire crews, and is and is responsible for custody of the inmates while on their daily CDCR project activities. CDCR staff may accompany incarcerated fire crews when they respond out of the local area to provide for their care and custody when not on emergency assignments to fires and flood.

Inmate Programs

Depending on skill level, conservation camp incarcerated firefighters earn between $2.90 and $5.12 per day, paid by CDCR. While assigned to an active emergency, incarcerated firefighters earn an additional $1 per hour paid by CAL FIRE, regardless of skill level. Inmates may purchase items such as cosmetics, correspondence materials and snacks from the camp canteen. Inmates also participate in hobby craft and other leisure time activities during their off work hours.

Visiting is conducted during the weekends. Families can bring a picnic lunch during visits. Spiritual services are provided by community volunteers. Inmate quickly learns that life at a conservation camp is more desirable than behind the walls of a prison and therefore, conducts themselves accordingly.