Growlersburg Conservation Camp #33

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Contact Info

5440 Longview Lane, Georgetown, CA 95634
(530) 333-4244

Camp Staff (CDCR)

  • Lt. Hill, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. Hoff and Sgt. Genn, Assistant Camp Commanders

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 11
  • Total number of inmates: 28
  • Total inmate capacity: 120

Camp Products

The camp has two mobile dimension sawmills that produce stock to build picnic tables that are sold to a variety of public agencies. The camp also has a cabinet shop that was once staffed by a CDCR-funded vocational instructor and is currently operated under the direction of CAL FIRE.

Community Service Projects

The crews provide labor for various projects:

  • Construction of shaded fuel breaks for wildland fire safety
  • Construction of hiking and biking trails
  • General maintenance and grounds care for community parks, schools, CAL FIRE and local fire district facilities
  • Landscaping, cleaning, and grooming of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Museum in Coloma
  • Assist the University of California, Berkeley’s Blodgett Research Forest in implementing various vegetation management-based research projects

Camp History

Growlersburg Conservation Camp began operations in 1967. The camp is jointly operated by CDCR and CAL FIRE. The camp initially housed 80 inmates to be utilized as hand crews for fighting wild land fires and other public service projects. The camp is located on 80 acres approximately 1.5 miles north of the city of Georgetown, off of Highway 193 in El Dorado County and between the cities of Placerville and Auburn.

In 1980, the dormitory building was increased in size, (nearly 40%), to house 120 inmates. This expanded the fire crew numbers from three crews to five hand crews. During the remodel, the dorm was the only expansion made to the camp, leaving the kitchen, dining room and waste water treatment plant as originally constructed. Today, Growlersburg hand crews work in assignments devoted exclusively to serving the community, local, state, and federal agencies in wild land fire suppression and other projects.

Inmate Programs

Our primary program mission is to provide incarcerated firefighter hand crews and to respond to emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, and search and rescue operations. Growlersburg fire crews are utilized statewide.