Intermountain Conservation Camp #22
651-025 Foothill Road, Bieber, CA 96009
PH: (530) 294-5361
CDCR Camp Staff
- LT. J. Micone, Camp Commander
CAL FIRE Staff
- S. Packwood, Division Chief
Facts and figures
Total Staff (CDCR): 8
Total Staffing (CALFIRE): 13
Total # Inmates (as of 5-25-16): 70
Metal Fabrication (Welding)
Community service projects
21 projects (49,168 HOURS) —
Intermountain Crews worked for the California Department of Transportation, building a shaded fuel break along Highway 299 over Hatchet Mountain. They also worked on shaded fuel breaks for the Shasta County Road Department along Dana/Glenburn Road, Clark Creek Road, and Goose Valley Road. These projects provide better visibility of animals on the right-of-way. Brushing along roadways allows sunlight to reach the right-of-way reducing ice pack in winter and providing better visibility of signs, roadside markers, and drainage obstructions.
Crews built fuel breaks for fire protection and vegetation control for two local fire safe councils in the communities of Little Valley and Mt Shasta. In addition, they completed fuel breaks around the town of Burney and the community of Cassel. They helped clean up the grounds of the Hillside Cemetery and assisted the Big Valley and Fall River School Districts with several painting projects. Crews continued their work for the Pit Resource Conservation District restoring wildlife habitat in Ash Valley and at Juniper Lake by reducing juniper.
Crews assisted the Inter-Mountain Fair of Shasta County in preparation of the fair, built fence for the Ash Creek Wildlife Area and U.S. Forest Service, cleaned campgrounds in preparation of the camping season for the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Land Management and provided fire defense improvement for the Adin Community Services District, Mayer’s Memorial Hospital District, the Adin and Lookout Fire Protection Districts and the Bieber and Burney Water Districts.
Intermountain Conservation Camp provided the local communities with 34,944 hours of project and conservation work. State agencies benefited from 11,704 hours and federal agencies, 2,520 hours. The fire season of 2014 saw Intermountain Crews dispatched to 43 incidents and logging over 87,580 hours of fire suppression.
Intermountain Camp began its history in 1959 when the California Division of Forestry (now known as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or CAL FIRE) became interested in an 80-acre parcel of land owned by a local rancher. CAL FIRE was interested in establishing a conservation camp on this property. After conducting some leaching tests and negotiating with the landowner, the property was purchased and construction began. The camp did not have a pipeline, pump or an adequate well at that time. In fact, these components were not installed for six months during which time the camp was supplied with water by water tankers. The tankers made three deliveries a day, supplying 3500 gallons each time. The biggest problem the camp had was finding an adequate well. CAL FIRE was finally able to purchase an existing well on a small plot of land. The well provided the water the camp needed, but it also required over 2 ½ miles of pipeline from the well to the water tanks. In June of 1962 the camp was on line with water and ready for full operation.
The CDCR is responsible for the selection, supervision, care and discipline of the inmates. The CAL FIRE supervises the work of inmate fire crews and is responsible for the custody of inmates on their CAL FIRE work project activities. Both the CAL FIRE and CDCR supervise inmates in the maintenance and operation of the camp.
The majority of inmate laborers receive $1.45 per day for their work, such as laundry, clerk, barber, etc. Skilled inmate such as mechanics, clerks, plumbers, welders, carpenters and electricians, may earn up to $3.90 per day. While assigned to fighting fires or working on other declared emergencies, inmates earn $1.00 per hour. Earnings are retained in an inmate trust fund and are utilized to purchase items from the Camp Canteen or for use upon release to parole. During leisure time, inmates may participate in hobby craft, softball, basketball, horseshoes, reading or other activities. Their work activities and efforts during emergencies build a strong work ethic, and a feeling of self worth, and prepare the inmates for release back into their communities.