In this Oct. 13, 2008 file photo, Inmates return from fighting the Angel Island fire in Tiburon, Calif. California officials are struggling to save a program that puts 4,300 state prison inmates on ... more 
In this Oct. 13, 2008 file photo, Inmates return from fighting the Angel Island fire in Tiburon, 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. (AP Photo/Ben Margot. File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ben Margot. File
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 3:29 PM EDT