Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp #41

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Camp Details

Contact Info

  • 25900 Big Rock Creek Road, Valyermo, CA 93563
  • (661) 944-0173

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. Varela, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. Caglia and Sgt. Bain, Assistant Camp Commanders

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 11
  • Total number of inmates: 56
  • Total inmate capacity: 120

Community Service Projects

  • Fuel Reduction / Fire Safety Preparations
  • Weed abatement
  • Clear and repair drainages for flood control preparation
  • General cleanup and light construction requiring labor intensive effort
  • Maintenance of nature trails, camp grounds, and fire breaks
  • Snow removal and road clearing as conditions require
  • Trash clean-up along roadways and highway

Camp History

Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp (CC#41) is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) 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’s primary mission is to provide incarcerated 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
  • Building & Trades-Apprenticeship Readiness Program (MC3)
  • Religious Services via local volunteers (three services per week)
  • Pre-Release Course
  • Ongoing Firefighter Training