Salt Creek Conservation Camp #7

Salt Creek Conservation Camp #7 is jointly operated by CDCR and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The primary mission of the camp is to provide incarcerated hand crews for fire suppression in the Tehama Glenn Unit, although crews can be dispatched throughout the state. Camp hand crews also provide a work force for conservation and community work projects in the local area.

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Contact Information


Salt Creek Conservation Camp #7

10655 Round Valley Rd. Paskenta, CA 96074


(530) 833-5497

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. B. Lewis, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. K. Loflin & Sgt. S Oschner, Assistant Camp Commanders

About Salt Creek Conservation Camp #7

Salt Creek Conservation Camp #7 was opened on May 1, 1987. CDCR is responsible for the security, supervision, care, and discipline of the incarcerated camp participants. CAL FIRE maintains the camp, supervises work of the incarcerated fire crews and is responsible for their custody while assigned to daily CAL FIRE work projects. CDCR staff may accompany the hand crews while assigned to emergencies to assist in their care and security.

When not fighting fires, camp participants perform conservation and community service projects. CAL FIRE determines conservation projects.

Projects completed by Salt Creek crew members include:

  • Gerber School
  • Irvine Finch/State Park
  • Richfield School
  • Sunflower/CRMP
  • Neal Road Dump
  • Orland Unified School District
  • Durham Cemetery
  • Butte College
  • Tehama County Road
  • Tehama County Flood Control
  • USFS – Lake Red Bluff
  • USFS – Roads
  • USFS – Campgrounds
  • USFS – Fuels
  • USFS – Tree Farm
  • USFS – Timber Projects
  • City of Chico
  • Butte Training Center
  • Glenn County Education
  • City of Corning
  • Orland Fairgrounds
  • Corning Elementary School District
  • Cal Trans – Red Bluff
  • Cal Trans – Chico Maintenance (Hwy 32)
  • Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council
  • Magalia – CDF Reforestoration Nursery
  • Orland Water
  • DWR Flood Control
  • Bidwell Park
  • Black Butte Lake

The in-camp CAL FIRE project is a full reproduction print shop, which produces print material for government agencies.

Programs and Services

Just as in every CDCR prison, every conservation camp offers rehabilitative and educational services, including substance abuse programs, religious programs, and GED and college courses. Programs offered at Salt Creek include Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery, and regular visits from local religious 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.