Jason Dixon, who fought the Kincade Fire last year, says he's at least happy to be quarantined at a fire camp and not a general population prison.
In recent years, more than a fifth of the state's wildfire fighters were inmates, but COVID-19 has put many in quarantine while others have been sent home from prison.
STARK: Dixon and I first spoke last October a day after he and other inmate firefighters made an aggressive stand to protect a neighborhood nestled in the golden foothills.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST) JASON DIXON: We have the saws going in the beginning, and everyone's using hand tools, scraping a 6-foot cut all the way around the fire's edge.
KEVIN STARK, BYLINE: Last year's wine country Kincade Fire in Sonoma County had Jason Dixon working furiously.