California Severely Short on Firefighting Crews after COVID-19 Lockdown at Prison Camps
Date:  08-20-2020

Only 30 of California's 77 prison firefighter crews are able to fight the raging fires
From The Sacramento Bee:

As California enters another dangerous fire season, the COVID-19 pandemic has depleted the ranks of inmate fire crews that are a key component of the state’s efforts to battle out-of-control wildfires.

This week, state prison officials announced they had placed 12 of the state’s 43 inmate fire camps on lockdown due to a massive outbreak at a Northern California prison in Lassen County that serves as the training center for fire crews.

Until the lockdown lifts, only 30 of the state’s 77 inmate crews are available to fight a wildfire in the north state, prison officials said.

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