CDCR-Ishi Conservation Camp #18

CDCR Fire Camp

Last Updated: February 28, 2024
30500 Plum Creek Rd, Paynes Creek, CA 96075

Ishi Camp #18 is for CDCR Fire Camp offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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Satellite View of CDCR-Ishi Conservation Camp #18

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Ishi Camp #18 is a minimum-security facility under CDCR supervision, this camp plays a crucial role in supporting government agencies during emergency responses to wildfires, floods, and other natural or man-made disasters. Additionally, camp crews contribute to park maintenance, assist with flood mitigation through sandbagging, and participate in reforestation projects. Participation in the Conservation (Fire) Camp Program is entirely voluntary for incarcerated individuals. Those who choose to volunteer must meet specific eligibility criteria aimed at ensuring public safety. These include avenues for criminal record expungement, creating new pathways for employment, and aiding in their successful reintegration into society.

Ishi Camp, operated jointly by CDCR and CAL FIRE, is pivotal in providing incarcerated fire crews for firefighting efforts across Tehama, Glenn, Shasta, and Plumas Counties. Since its establishment in April 1961, the camp has upheld its mission to support fire suppression activities and contribute to conservation and community service projects in the local area.

Annually, Ishi Conservation Camp hosts the Spring Training Exercise, certifying hand crews from across the state for the upcoming fire season. Under CDCR's supervision, the inmates receive security, care, and discipline, while CAL FIRE oversees the camp's maintenance and the supervision of incarcerated fire crews during their daily work projects.

In addition to firefighting duties, hand crews engage in various conservation and community service initiatives, determined by CAL FIRE. These projects encompass brushing roads and trails, fuel breaks, fence installation and removal, building maintenance, and snow removal, among others. Collaborating with entities like the Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Game, and local schools, Ishi Camp contributes significantly to environmental stewardship and community welfare.

A notable in-camp project is the CDF Boxed Meal Shop, producing ready-to-eat meals specifically designed for firefighting personnel. These "Ready 2 Heat Meals" are distributed statewide, serving as essential sustenance for emergency responders. Ishi Camp's commitment to firefighting readiness and community service underscores its vital role in California's emergency response infrastructure.

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