Firefighters, Rehabilitation

Lake County officials recognize inmate fire crews

Caltrans and the CDCR Konocti Conservation Camp inmate crews were recently recognized by the Lake County Board of Supervisors for their efforts to reduce wildfire risk. Both organizations were presented with a county proclamation.

“I don’t think we give enough recognition to those who help us to prevent the fires to begin with,” Supervisor Rob Brown said.

According to Lake County News, Brown worked with both agencies to organize a cleanup along Highway 281, joining the efforts of 300 volunteers from the community. They spent a Saturday morning in August cleaning up brush along six miles of the highway.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jake Hannan, Division Chief Greg Bertelli and Konocti Conservation Camp put together an inmate crew who cleared up to 100 feet on either side of the highway. It took them several days.

“These were significant undertakings that kept Lake County residents safe and kept properties intact, and they warrant our Board’s recognition and commendation,” Brown wrote to the Board when requesting a proclamation.

Read the full Lake County News story.

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