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CPS man fighting fire. Scan courtesy [ Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen IX-13-2-2 ]
The North Fork, California, Civilian Public Service Camp No. 35 was located 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Fresno and one-half mile (one km) northwest of North Fork at an altitude of 2,600 feet, near the base of the Sierra Nevadas. Opened in May 1942, it remained in operation until March 1946. It occupied the site of an abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps camp, and its work was chiefly fire prevention and fire fighting under the direction of the United States Forest Service. During the life of the camp 4,689 man-days were spent in fighting forest fires and 14,232 days in fire suppression.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for peace: a history of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949: 138-139.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1957

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Civilian Public Service Camp (North Fork, California, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 May 2017.,_California,_USA)&oldid=91459.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1957). Civilian Public Service Camp (North Fork, California, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 May 2017, from,_California,_USA)&oldid=91459.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 917. All rights reserved.

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