State prisoners are a 'valuable resource' on the front lines of Canyon Fire 2

  • Source: Orange County Register
  • Published: 10/11/2017 08:38 PM

Wearing 60-pound backpacks, a platoon of prisoners marched Wednesday, Oct. 11 along a narrow trail at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange. Then the dozen or so inched their way up a steep hillside blackened by the devastating Canyon Fire 2. The mission for the minimum-security inmates from the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp in Valyermo was unglamorous. But it’s essential: Extinguish hot spots and clear brush so the blaze won’t kick up again. And though their freedom was fleeting, they relished the tedious work and the chance to be outdoors.


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