Schwarzenneger to visit Tahoe Angora fire
Blaze 44 percent contained
Inmates join effort to extinguish inferno
Photo courtesy TheNins
By Laura Dudnick
June 27, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to visit areas damaged
by the 3,100-acre fire that is burning in South Lake Tahoe today
after he is briefed on the status of the blaze.
Following an 11:15 a.m. briefing and then a tour, Schwarzenegger
will hold a press conference at South Lake Tahoe High School at
12 p.m. regarding the Angora Fire, according to his office.
Joining Schwarzenegger on the tour will be Lt. Gov. John Garamendi,
California state Sen. Dave Cox, Assemblyman Ted Gaines, El Dorado
County Supervisor Norma Santiago, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Kathay
Lovell and El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves.
Winds were blowing southwest near the Angora Fire at about 5
mph as of 8 a.m. and are expected to reach 10 mph later this morning,
according to the National Weather Service.
This afternoon, winds are anticipated to increase to 15-20 mph
with gusts around 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.
The fire is estimated to be 44 percent contained. No additional
structure loss is expected, although some 275 structures have
already been destroyed.
In addition to firefighters, 330 adult inmates from the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and 32 Division of
Juvenile Justice wards are helping fight the blaze.
An additional 1,237 inmates are deployed to fires in Napa, Madera
and Kern counties.
The inmates and wards are supervised by CDCR custody staff and
are part of the Conservation Camp Program, a rehabilitation program
established in 1946.
"For the past 61 years, CDCR has provided the State of California's
cooperative agencies with an able bodied, fully trained work force
ready to respond to a wildfire at a moment's notice in any part
of the state,'' corrections and rehabilitation Secretary James
"The inmate and ward crews provide the muscle in the state's
firefighting response, going where bulldozers and heavy equipment
The state carries 42 adult and two juvenile conservation camps,
according to the department. More than 4,400 offenders participate
in the program, which has approximately 200 fire crews.
The crews report to a number of emergency situations, including
wildfires, floods, search and rescue operations and earthquakes.
Only minimum-custody inmates participate in the program. They
are required to be physically fit and have no history of violent
crime, including kidnapping, sex offenses, arson or escape.
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