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USA-WILDFIRES/INMATES
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September 29, 2020
In the flames, they are finding redemption. The 10 Oregon prisoners carry chainsaws, axes, shovels and...
Paisley, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Oregon inmates find redemption in fighting wildfires
In the flames, they are finding redemption. The 10 Oregon prisoners carry chainsaws, axes, shovels and hoes into the biggest wildfires the state has seen in a century. Banding together, they form lines in the forest and trudge up the steep ashen slopes of the Cascade Mountains, hunting embers that could reignite flames. The men are part of a seven-decade-old state-run program that aims to do two basic things: Rehabilitate prisoners by teaching them a trade, and provide extra boots on the ground for intense wildfire seasons. The men in a crew working the forested mountains near Paisley, Oregon, last week were mostly young and fit. They had to be to scale the punishing terrain. Ankle-deep ash slicked hills and meant the men slipped two steps back for each stride forward. REUTERS/Adrees Latif SEARCH "INMATES WILDFIRES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES Matching text: USA-WILDFIRES/INMATES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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