In this July 30, 2008 file photo, female inmate firefighters hike to cut fireline on the Telegraph Fire near Yosemite National Park near Mariposa, Calif. California officials are struggling to save a ... more 
In this July 30, 2008 file photo, female inmate firefighters hike to cut fireline on the Telegraph Fire near Yosemite National Park near Mariposa, Calif. California officials are struggling to save a program that puts 4,300 state prison inmates on the front lines fighting wildfires each year. The program, which state officials say is crucial to maintaining their ability to contain massive wildland fires, is endangered by a plan from Gov. Jerry Brown to move lower-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. (photo by Ron Lewis, File) less 
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