Holton Conservation Camp #16


Camp Details

Contact Info

  • 12653 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Sylmar, CA 91342
  • Phone: (818) 897-7071 or 7038
  • Fax: (818) 686-2300

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Vacant, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. Frey, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 50
  • Total inmate capacity: 105

Camp Products

Holton Conservation Camp is the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s food dispensary preparation site for emergency incident personnel.

Community Service Projects

  • Fuel modification at The Hollywood Bowl and other county facilities
  • United States Forest Service camp grounds vegetation management
  • Mt. Wilson fuel reduction
  • Angeles Forest trail maintenance
  • Motor way maintenance (clearing emergency vehicle routes)

Camp History

Originally, Holton Conservation Camp was located in Mt. Gleason until 2009, when the tragic Station fire claimed the lives of two of the honorable Los Angeles County Fire Department camp staff (Captain T. Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist A. Quinnones) and reduced the facility to ash and rubble. Following the fire, the camp relocated to its current location in Sylmar, CA where the camp served as a probation camp from its opening in 1958 until its transition to a unified CDCR and Los Angeles County Fire Department wild land firefighting camp in 2009.


Inmates at RIM Fire 2013
Inmates at RIM Fire 2013

The camp is staffed by Los Angeles County fire and CDCR personnel who supervise CDCR incarcerated fire crews. The crews respond to various calls for service, which include but are not limited to rescues of stranded motorists, structure protection, and wild land firefighting. Camp 16 crews previously worked to clear debris from Pasadena streets and rooftops following a wind storm. More recently, they helped to contain many fires, which included the Sand, Chimney, and Detwiler Fires. When not responding to emergency calls, the crews complete work projects in the community that range from park maintenance to fire prevention.

Inmate Programs

While at Holton Conservation Camp, many inmates acquire the valuable skills necessary to be a wild land firefighter, which can also lead to several employment opportunities when they reenter society. A hobby program is also available to eligible inmates who desire to learn or refine a skill that could help them gain employment in the world. An additional rehabilitative program at Holton is the GED program. Inmates who prepare and pass the practice examinations can be afforded the opportunity to be scheduled for the GED test while completing their incarceration term. Other services inmates provide to the camp include clerical, culinary, landscaping, gardening and janitorial duties.