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California Inmate Fought Wildfires, Now Faces Deportation

SACRAMENTO — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from Laos serving a 28-year prison sentence for a gang-related shooting when he was 16. One of roughly ...

Firefighter Who Died in Blaze Was on Elite Hotshot Crew

A California firefighter killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles was identified Tuesday as a member of an elite Hotshot crew dedicated to fighting wildfires. Charles Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S...
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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

SACRAMENTO — 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 Friday. The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as f...
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Crews Keep Working to Pen in Huge California Wildfires

SCOTTS VALLEY — Aided by weather and reinforcements, firefighters were cautiously optimistic Tuesday about their progress to pen in California wildfires that have killed at least seven people and burned more than 1,200 homes and other buildings. A warning a...