Miramonte Conservation Camp #5

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Camp Details

Contact Info

  • 49039 Orchard Drive, Miramonte, CA 93641
  • PH: (559) 336-2312

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. T. Presson, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. Cook, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 55
  • Total inmate capacity: 85

Camp Products

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 U.S. Forest Service signs in the area.

Community Service Projects

Miramonte’s four work crews perform several different Community Service Projects each year. 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, many inmates are also trained as incarcerated firefighters and ready to provide immediate response to emergencies.

Camp History

Built in 1949, Miramonte Conservation Camp provides fire protection and community services to the Fresno and Kings County area. Since it’s construction, the camp has left a positive mark within the surrounding communities. This includes inmate-built rock walls, stairs and water culverts, 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 approximately 3,000 feet. It is secluded in the oak studded foothills 55 miles east of Fresno.

Inmate Programs

Inmates assigned to Miramonte may participate in 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).