Malibu Conservation Camp #13

Malibu Conservation Camp #13 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 in their response to emergencies such as fires and floods. Camp participants also complete community service and conservation projects year-round.

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Contact Information


1250 S. Encinal Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265


(310) 457-2253

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. A. Banks, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. M. Johnson, Assistant Camp Commander

Malibu Conservation Camp (#13) opened in October 1980. The camp previously operated as a CDCR male inmate camp, but became a female camp in 1986. Malibu incarcerated crews are utilized on wildland fire suppression, as well as county conservation assignments, which include maintenance of the State beaches, local parks and fire stations. Crews work primarily in Los Angeles County but can respond throughout the State in fire suppression efforts.

The designated camp capacity is 100 minimum-custody female convicted felons. This represents five 14-person fire crews. The remaining inmates serve as cooks, clerks, landscapers, porters, camp maintenance workers and skilled shop workers.

Malibu Conservation Camp crews work on projects for the National Park Service, California State Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City and other organizations. Work projects include brush clearing; weed abatement, hazardous tree removal, downed tree removal, liter removal, filling sand bags and other cleanup projects. Malibu Conservation Camp inmates make rain sticks and design plaques, picture frames, clocks, wooden ornaments, jewelry boxes and signs.

The Malibu Conservation Camp Sew Shop repairs and alters clothing for the camp and fire stations in the Los Angeles County area. The shop also produces canvass duffle bags, backpacks, radio harnesses, belts, boot blousers and other various products requested by LACFD.

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 GED and college courses. Camp members can participate in hobby crafts programs, music appreciation, pre-release programs, sports, and other leisure time activities during their off-work hours. Spiritual and self-help services such as Catholic Services, Calvary Chapel, Jewish Services, West Angeles Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, AA and NA are provided by community volunteers.

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.