Growlersburg Conservation Camp #33


Contact Info

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

Camp Staff (CDCR)

  • Lieutenant M. Hill, Camp Commander:
  • Sergeant P. T. Bowman, Asst. Camp Commander
  • Sergeant G. Hoff, Assistant Camp Commander
  • T. Fowler, Correctional Officer
  • M. Neves, Correctional Officer
  • M. Gangl, Correctional Officer
  • J. Maclatchie, Correctional Officer
  • T. Ray, Correctional Officer
  • B. Stanbridge, Correctional Officer
  • T. Stowers, Correctional Officer
  • J. Watkins, Correctional Officer
  • CalFire Division Chief: Mike Webb

2020 Camp Statistics

CDCR Staff: 19

Total number of inmates: 72

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 such as the construction of shaded fuel breaks for wildland fire safety, the construction of hiking and biking trails, general maintenance and grounds care of community parks, schools, CAL Fire and local fire district facilities, and the landscaping, cleaning, and grooming of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Museum in Coloma. Crews assist the University of California; Berkeley’s Blodgett Research Forest in implementing various vegetation management based research projects as per researchers’ specifications.

Camp History

Growlersburg Conservation Camp began operations in 1967. The camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CAL Fire. The camp initially housed 80 CDC 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 ½ miles North of the city of Georgetown off of Highway 193 in El Dorado County 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 up 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 Camp has a maximum population of 132 inmates who work in assignments devoted exclusively to serving the community, local, state, and federal agencies in wild land fire suppression as well as responding to other emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, and search and rescue operations.

Inmate Programs

Our primary program mission is to provide inmates for firefighting hand crews, and to respond to other emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, and search and rescue operations. Growlersburg fire crews are utilized statewide. Growlersburg crews usually log over 400,000 work hours during a typical fiscal year. The crews can also log over 100,000 hours of emergency response during the year.