By Bill Sessa, OPEC PIO 

After three years of below normal rainfall and drought, 2014 is already shaping up to be a year of historic fire danger and CDCR inmate fire crews are already are as busy as they normally would be in mid-summer.

On Thursday, 1,300 inmate fire fighters were battling nine separate blazes covering more than 11,000 acres in Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

CDCR has 42 adult and one juvenile fire camp and approximately 4,300 inmate-firefighters on the fire lines.  Working side by side with U.S. Forest Service and CALFIRE crews, the inmates play a large public safety role while saving taxpayers an estimated $100 million a year.

Sessa fire photo

 

Inmate fire crews take the heat to the benefit of California

 

Warden Tampkins, CRC’s inmate fire crew join in Cal-Fire Bautista competition

 

PVSP inmate firefighters learn techniques during live burn