(CBS 5) – Some of the state’s inmates get to do time in the great outdoors, but it’s not without risk. Danny Richards asked this Good Question: Are inmates still used to fight fires in California?

ANSWER: Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott Jalbert said there are about three dozen inmate camps around the state that train individuals to fight wildland fires. Jalbert said the inmates are paid $1 a day to be on standby and $1 an hour while they are on the fire lines.

There are more than 4,000 inmates trained and available to fight fires in California.

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