12653 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road.
Sylmar, CA 91342
PHONE (818) 897-7071 or 7038
FAX (818) 686-2300
Total Staff (CDCR) 2017: 9
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2017: 11
Total # Inmates (as of 09/19/2017): 86
Camp Holton is the Los Angeles County Fire Department food dispensary preparation site for emergency incident personnel.
Originally, Camp 16 was located in Mt. Gleason until 2009 when the tragic Station Fire claimed the lives of two of the honorable Los Angeles County Fire Department camp staff (Captain T. Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist A. Quinnones) and reduced the facility to ash and rubble. Following the fire, the camp relocated to its current location in Sylmar, California where the Holton camp served as a probation camp from its opening in 1958 until the transition to a unified CDCR and Los Angeles County Fire Department wild land firefighting camp in 2009.
The camp is staffed by Los Angeles County fire and CDCR personnel who supervise CDCR inmates who respond to various calls for service which include but are not limited to rescues of stranded motorists, structure protection, and wild land firefighting. Camp 16 crews worked to clear debris from Pasadena streets and rooftops following a wind storm. More recently, they helped to contain many fires, which included the Sand, Chimney, and Detwiler Fires. When not responding to emergency calls, the crews complete work projects in the community that range from park maintenance to fire prevention.
While at Camp Holton, many inmates acquire the valuable skills necessary to be a wild land firefighter, which can lead to several employment opportunities when they rejoin society. A hobby program is also available to eligible inmates desiring to learn or refine a skill that could make them more marketable in the world. An additional rehabilitative program at Holton is the GED program. Inmates who prepare and pass the practice examinations can be afforded the opportunity to be scheduled for the GED test while completing their incarceration term. Other services inmates provide to the camp include clerical, culinary, landscaping, gardening, and janitorial duty.
Inmates working at RIM Fire 2013