Miramonte Conservation Camp #5
49039 Orchard Drive, Miramonte, CA 93641
PH: (559) 336-2312
Camp Staff (CDCR)
- Lieutenant L. A. von Savoye, Camp Commander
- Sergeant C. Cook, Assistant Camp Commander
- B. Bauer, Correctional Officer
- D. Brisson, Correctional Officer
- J. Garrison, Correctional Officer
- E. Leija, Correctional Officer
- M. Payne, Correctional Officer
- M. Lozano, Correctional Officer
- M. Arrenquin, Correctional Officer
Facts and figures
Total Staff (CDCR) 2020: 9
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2020: 11
Total # Inmates (as of 1/27/20): 73
Miramonte was originally designed to produce products within its Welding, Carpentry, Truck Auto Body and Paint Shops. Due to changes in these industries, all but the Welding and Carpentry shops have closed. These shops still produce basic welding projects, along with wooden cabinets and signs. In addition, the camp repairs many of the wooden and metal CAL Fire and US Forest Service signs in the area..
Community service projects
Miramonte’s four work crews average over 118,000 man hours of Community Service Projects each year. Since all work performed is on Federal, State, Local Government and approved non-profit organizations properties, this translated into a taxpayer savings of over $950,000 (at minimum wage). Examples of these projects include work at: Millerton Lake (Bureau of Reclamation/California State Parks and Recreation); Pine Flat Lake (US Army Corps of Engineers); Highway 180 Litter Removal (Cal Trans); Hume Lake and various Campgrounds (US Forest Service); Friant Fish Hatchery (California Dept. Fish and Game); Fresno/King Unit Fire Stations (Cal Fire).
At Miramonte, over 60 inmates are also trained firefighters ready for immediate respond to emergencies. Annually, these inmates typically participate in over 86,000 hours of fir fighting assignments. The efforts of this small group of CDCR inmate firefighters saved California taxpayers on average over $860,000 annually.
Combining Firefighting and Service Projects, Miramonte inmates provide an annual potential savings of over 1.8 million dollars in labor costs.
Built in 1949, Miramonte has just celebrated its 60th year of providing fire protection and community services to the Fresno and Kings County area. During this period, Miramonte Camp has left a positive mark within the surrounding communities. This includes inmate built rock walls, stairs and water culverts dotted throughout the area and the memories of seeing inmates and the “red buses” working in the community. Miramonte is located just outside Sequoia National Forest at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. It is secluded in the oak studded foothills 55 miles east of Fresno.
Inmates assigned to Miramonte can avail themselves to over 400 hours of religious studies/training donated by local religious organizations, as well as involve themselves in the following Self-Help Groups: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Responsible Fatherhood, and Anger Management classes. General Education Diplomas (GED) are available to prepare inmates for their eventual return to the community. Additionally, prior to parole, inmates may obtain a California Identification Card or a California Driver’s License (renewals, duplicates or written testing portion only).