Bautista Conservation Camp #36

Contact Info

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33015 Bautista Rd, Hemet, CA. 92544
PH: (951) 927-3600  

Camp Staff (CDCR)

  • Lieutenant P. S. Logan, Camp Commander
  • Sergeant M. Chavez, Assistant Camp Commander
  • Sergeant Vacant, Assistant Camp Commander
  • R. Rodriguez, Correctional Officer
  • S. Kaitukoff, Correctional Officer
  • J. Diaz, Correctional Officer
  • E. Haught, Correctional Officer
  • H. Roseli, Correctional Officer
  • A. Resendez, Correctional Officer
  • N. Lomeli, Correctional Officer
  • E. Romo, Correctional Officer

Camp Staff (CAL Fire)

  •  B. Weiser, Division Chief
  • J. Cortez, Battalion Chief
  • J. Castillo, Fire Captain
  • R. Cordova, Fire Captain/Operations
  • C. Gilmore, Fire Captain
  • D. Gladu, Fire Captain
  • M. Grasso, Fire Captain
  • X. Heredia, Fire Captain
  • J. Huecker, Fire Captain
  • D. Lord, Fire Captain
  • K Quast, Fire Captain/Administrative
  • R. Villegas, Fire Captain
  • J. Long, WASPO
  • T. Clark, Office Technician

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2020: 11
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE) 2020: 15
Total # Inmates (as of 01/02/2020): 80

Camp Products

Wood Shop

Community service projects

  • Metropolitan Water District
  • Diamond Valley Lake
  • Idyllwild County and State Parks
  • Multi Species Reserve preservation and improvements
  • Lake Skinner
  • Lake Mathews
  • Riverside County Parks
  • Cal-Trans
  • San Jacinto State Parks
  • Lake Hemet
  • Valley Wide Parks and Recreation
  • Local Fire Station improvements and maintenance

Camp History

Bautista Conservation Camp #36 is nestled in the historical Bautista Canyon; the route used by the Conquistador Juan Bautista de Anza in his discovery of the Riverside and San Bernardino Valleys. Also known as the sight of the original Bautista springtime exercises. Located some 3000 feet in elevation, the camp is exposed to a medley of climatic conditions, typical to its high desert terrain. Often the summer is dry and hot, while the winter is cold, with an occasional snowfall in the months of December through April.

The primary mission of the camp is to provide trained hand crews to assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE) with suppression of wild land fires, emergency flood control, and Search and Rescue. Bautista Conservation Camp #36 has proudly represented the camp program by responding to emergency incidents from the borders of Oregon to Mexico and the Pacific Ocean to Nevada/Arizona.

Bautista Conservation Camp #36 has a maximum capacity of 120 inmates, which provide six (6) trained firefighting hand-crews. When not responding to emergency incidents, the inmates work on conservation projects including eradication of nonnative plant species at Diamond Valley Lake and Lake Matthews, as well as fighting the bark beetle infestation in and around the community of Idyllwild. Community projects have included construction of community centers, fire stations, parks, and soccer and baseball fields for Valley Wide Recreation District. Bautista Conservation Camp CC#36’s wood shop is in demand throughout Riverside Ranger Unit, to design and remodel their offices and living spaces. Bautista Conservation Camp CC#36 is also known for their expertise in making plaques, signs, and distinctive logos.

On June 27, 1990, the worst tragedy that a camp could endure hit Bautista. The California Fire, that was burning Southwest of Hemet in the Domenigoni Mountains, overran Bautista Conservation Camp Crew #3 and its seventeen (17)crewmembers, who were attempting to backfire a handline.  The fire was burning on moderate to steep slopes, in the light vegetation during shifting winds and extreme temperatures.  This fire resulted in the death of two (2) Bautista Conservation Camp Crewmembers, Victor Ferrara and Aaron Perry, as well as inflicting varying degrees of injury to the other fourteen (14) crewmembers.

In remembrance of the fallen firefighters of Bautista Conservation Camp, as well as fallen firefighters throughout the State, a memorial began to take shape and “THE FIREFIGHTER” was dedicated in 1997.

Inmate Programs

  • Hobbycraft
  • College Correspondence
  • GED
  • AA/NA
  • Various religious volunteers