California on fire: inmates reduce sentence for assistance in dealing with fires

Калифорния в огне: заключенным уменьшают срок за помощь в борьбе с пожарами

California on fire: inmates reduce sentence for assistance in dealing with fires

Author: Alina Dykman

Photo: flickr.com/Stuart Rankin/CC

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Yesterday, August 8, the California firefighters reported that finally achieved success in the fight against the largest in the history of the state of forest fires. However, to completely extinguish them before September is unlikely to complain about firefighters.

To the North of San Francisco flame-ridden territory, as large as Los Angeles. Experts have called the current season of forest fires, the worst in the history of California.

Калифорния в огне: заключенным уменьшают срок за помощь в борьбе с пожарамиSource: Flickr

The state is now blazing around 18 fires, the largest of which is the “Mendocino”. According to preliminary information, he destroyed over a thousand homes and took the life of 5 people.

With fire all over California are struggling more than 14 thousand firefighters. Help them, after minimal training, about 2 thousand prisoners in California — mostly sawing out dead wood to slow the spread of fire. For their work, inmates receive$ 1 per hour. In addition, for assistance in the fight against flame can reduce a prison sentence.

Came to the help of American colleagues, firefighters from Australia and New Zealand.

“Never in New Zealand not seen such huge forest fires, says fire chief of Wellington. – Everything here is 100 times more than we do”.

Recall due to fires in California was evacuated for 12 thousand people.

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