Julius Klein Conservation Camp #19

Julius Klein Conservation Camp #19 is jointly operated by CDCR and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD). The primary mission of the camp is to provide incarcerated hand crews to support local, state, and federal agencies when they respond to emergencies such as fires or floods. Hand crews also complete community service and conservation projects year-round.

Julius Klein conservation camp logo

Contact Information


East Fork Road, Azusa, CA 91702


  • (626) 910-1213
  • (626) 910-1290

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. S. Baker, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. J. Martinez, Assistant Camp Commander

About Julius Klein Conservation Camp #19

Julius Klein Fire Camp opened on March 1, 1986. The camp consists of ten CDCR personnel and thirteen LACFD personnel, which oversee six incarcerated hand crews and additional in-camp support inmates. The camp is located in the Angeles National Forest near the San Gabriel River.

Julius Klein provides a variety of services to the citizens of Los Angeles County and the State of California. LACFD fire personnel provide excellent training, which prepares incarcerated people to safely conduct wildland firefighting operations. They maintain a high level of safety, physical conditioning, wildland knowledge and work production. Additionally, crew members have an opportunity to learn new skills in construction, woodworking, carpentry, electrical, general mechanics, welding, concrete and other general contractor type skills. The camp is an excellent environment for participants to learn valuable life skills, including dedication, commitment and teamwork.

Hand crews also complete community service and conservation projects. LACFD determines conservation projects.

Conservation projects include brushing roads, trails, fuel breaks, fence installation and removal, construction projects, trash and litter pickup, building maintenance and clean up, clearing ditches, flood prevention, tree removal, weed abatement, and snow removal.

Programs and Services

Just as in every CDCR prison, every conservation camp offers rehabilitative and educational services, including substance abuse programs such as Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA), religious programs, and General Education Development and college courses. Their efforts during emergencies build a strong work ethic and a feeling of self-worth. As a result, these activities prepare camp participants for a successful integration back into their communities upon release.

For stories featuring current and former Conservation (Fire) Camp Program participants, read Inside CDCR.

Visiting can be a critical part of an incarcerated person’s rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Scheduling Visits at Conservation (Fire) Camps page.