incarcerated fire crewsCalifornia’s efforts to fight destructive fires across the state were hampered this year by an unexpected circumstance.  Coronavirus precautions made inmate crews a less reliable source of labor. This system has long been criticized, as their pay typically tops out at a few dollars per hour. Some describe it as "slave labor."  KQED Science Reporter Kevin Stark spoke with Assistant News Director Adia White about the issue.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Image: Incarcerated firefighters clear brush in Santa Barbara. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson) 
 
We provide local news updates on The North Bay Report Tuesday-Friday at 6:45, 8:45 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. on KRCB radio 91 and 90.9. Here's our North Bay Report episode for Thursday, August 27. Subscribe to The North Bay Report podcast to listen on the go.  
 
 
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