California deploys 200 inmates as 'voluntary firefighters' who earn $1 an hour to battle Camp Fire

Mail Online | 11/14/2018 | Ariel Zilber For;Afp
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California is paying 200 prison inmates $2 per day and $1 an hour to fight the deadly wildfires that have been raging in the northern part of the state.

Sixteen crews of prison inmates are assisting to help contain the Camp Fire that has destroyed thousands of acres about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to ABC 10 TV.

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They are helping 9,000 other firefighters battle the deadliest and costliest wildfires in the history of the state.

So far, 44 people have died and more than 200 are missing as search teams deploy power saws and cadaver dogs to try to locate more victims.

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More than 7,000 residential homes have been destroyed as the blaze has decimated some 125,000 acres.

So far, the Camp Fire is just 30 per cent contained.

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In Southern California, two people have died and three firefighters have been injured by the Woolsey Fire, which has destroyed 370 homes.

Inmate firefighters, who also receive reduced sentences in exchange for their volunteer work, have often been deployed alongside regular firefighters to combat wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months.

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This past summer, the Department of Corrections announced that more than 2,000 inmates and 58 youth offenders were helping firefighters combat wildfires.

Inmates are given training as wildland firefighters. They receive the same level of instruction that full-time CAL FIRE personnel receive.

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That includes one week of classroom instruction and a week of field exercises.

After they finish with instruction, they help in cases of wildfires, floods, and search and rescue.

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The use of inmates as firefighters is nothing new. More than a century ago, California began putting inmates to work in building highways.

During World War Two, when CAL FIRE was depleted with most men deployed overseas, the Department of Corrections sent inmates to help fight fires.

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The Department of Corrections and CAL FIRE jointly manage 39 adult camps and...
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