La Cima Conservation Camp #42

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Camp Details

Contact Info

  • 15108 Sunrise Highway, Julian, CA 92036
  • (760) 765-3085

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. Parsons, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. Ramirez, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 8
  • Total number of inmates: 66
  • Total inmate capacity: 90

Community Service Projects

Incarcerated fire crews are involved with several community fire prevention and restoration projects each year and typically average around 80,000 of man hours a year.

Projects included:

  • Sunrise Fuel Break – Cleaning up brush, widening of fuel break, felling trees, and general construction;
  • Lake Jennings – Weed abatement, and brush clearing;
  • El Capitan, San Vicente, Sutherland Dam – Clearing access roads, and cleaning up surrounding brush overgrowth;
  • Heise Park – Weed abatement, and brush clearing, fell trees, split wood
  • Cuyamaca Peak – Chipping brush, and weed abatement;
  • State Parks – Brush clean-up, felling trees, clearing access roads, and weed abatement, trenching, remove and replace water line, fence repair
  • Community Service Projects – General Clean-up and various restoration projects.
  • Volcan Mountain – – Weed abatement, and brush clearing, fell trees, split wood
  • MVU Headquarters – weed abatement, tree removal, trash/debris clean-up, general landscaping, painting, grading, brick work
  • Camp Maintenance – Asphalt access road, stobbing brush, La Cima fuel break

Inmate Programs

  • Community Betterment
  • Christian Non-Denominational Services

Camp History

La Cima Conservation Camp, operated jointly by CDCR and CAL FIRE, originally opened in November 1966. Over the years, La Cima Conservation Camp has been home to both state and county fire crews. La Cima Camp became a teaching, training and fire facility maintained and was operated by CAL FIRE in cooperation with the California Conservation Corps.

In October 2004, La Cima reopened under the administrative supervision of CDCR’s Sierra Conservation Center. La Cima is once again operated jointly with CDCR and CAL FIRE. La Cima Conservation Camp is located in East San Diego County. The primary function of the camp is to fight wildland fires throughout the state by using minimum custody inmates who qualify and complete training for the Conservation Camp Program. In addition to fire suppression, incarcerated fire crews provide a workforce for community service projects in the local area.