Inmate Firefighters

ICE Releases Hold on California Inmate Firefighter

The deportation order remains in effect     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An injured California inmate firefighter has been released from federal immigration detention and is home with his parents and sister for the first ...

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California Inmate Firefighter Faces Deportation

ICE detained Keola prior to his release from prison     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from ...

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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

Erasing criminal records     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on ...

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Oregon Legislature Considers Sweeping Wildfire Plan

Expanding resources and thinning forests     Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

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Sydney Choked by Haze from Bush Fires

Ambulances answer dozens of respiratory-related calls   Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Hot dry conditions have brought an early start to the fire season. %2

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Inmate Firefighter Charged in Sex Assault Agrees to Plea Deal

Hernandez was charged with felony rape in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty ...

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Firefighting Group Expresses Concern Over Inmate Rape Arrest

Crew safety among inmate firefighters raised after arrest     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rape case against an Idaho prison inmate working at a Utah wildfire base camp raises safety questions for vulnerable ...

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Idaho Reviews Inmate Fire Crews after Rape Accusation

Officials begin scrutinizing which inmates are allowed to serve     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged ...

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Idaho Halts Inmate Firefighting after Rape Accusation

One charged with rape at base camp in Utah     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Inmates sent to help fight wildfires are back behind bars in Idaho after one inmate was charged with raping ...

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