California has been suffering from severe wildfires which have claimed countless structures and several lives. Thousands upon thousands have been evacuated — the Carr Fire alone has driven almost 40,000 people out of their homes and has killed a grandmother and her two grandchildren, as well as two firefighters.
The fires are also prevalent in Colorado and Oregon, and millions of acres are going up in flames as residents flee to safety.
The United States is not the only country experiences severe wildfires at this time. Canada has been suffering huge fires as well, and recently firefighter Jerry Gadwa was killed in Alberta.
The death toll from the devastating fire in Greece has now surpassed the staggering number of 90 — most died from the fire, some died attempting to escape. The country has been mourning their loss. Sweden has also suffered from a streak of fires.
Featured image: A car passes through flames on Highway 299 as the Carr Fire burns through Shasta, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018. Fueled by high temperatures, wind, and low humidity, the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building. | AP Photo/Noah Berger
When I was 19, I actually spent a summer doing wildland firefighting. I hit the season just prior to the fires, so I didn't actually fight any fires -- we spent the whole time "piling" which meant cutting down underbrush prone to fire, putting them in isolated piles, and then guys would come by later and burn them individually. For 19-year-old me, it was a lot of work and I got poison oak more times than I can count -- it was on some part of my body at any given point during that whole summer! Great experience though. The inmate firefighters generally get paid 1-2 bucks per hour. I don't know much about the prison system there so I couldn't rightfully compare it to other work by inmates.
Luke Ryan · 2 years ago
Yeah, and they typically get paid around $1-2 an hour. They're not doing super technical stuff, but they're out there in the fight for sure. All nonviolent offenders. Here is a really interesting AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit from one of them. https://www.reddit.com/r/IA...
edb73 · 2 years ago
Awesome to hear everyone. Just wanted to confirm. Pretty cool work program.
Ron M · 2 years ago
It's like Tim e said. They have a good reputation for working hard, and take legitimate classes on it from what I heard. Just a different kind of Prison work program I guess.
Thomas G · 2 years ago
California has four seasons: fire, mudslide, earthquake, riot
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