Who: We regret to advise you that an Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp Firefighter inmate Jimmy Randolph, 44, who fought the 2,700-acre Buck Fire died Sunday at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Mr. Randolph was sceduled for Parole in October.
|An inmate fire crew moves out to battle their portion of the Buck Fire, near Temecula, on Wednesday. Inmate firefighter Jimmy Randolph, 44, died Sunday at a Palm Springs hospital after falling ill a day earlier. |
Credit: Denise Goolsby. The Desert Sun
Why: The death of Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp Firefighter inmate is under investigation by Cal Fire and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The fire was 100 percent contained Friday.
Where: Randolph had been assigned to the Buck Fire in Hemet, according to a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation statement. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death of Jimmy Randolph, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release.
Randolph reported feeling ill the morning of Saturday, Aug. 18, and was taken to the hospital, the release said. He died at 12:30 p.m. the next day at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs. He died with his family at his bedside.
Who Else: One person suffered severe, third-degree burns to his legs. Four firefighters and another civilian also suffered minor injuries.
Note: Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp, located in the Angeles National Forest in northeastern Los Angeles County, houses fewer than 150 minimum-security inmates. Operated jointly by Cal Fire and the Department of Corrections, its "primary mission is to provide inmate fire crews to Cal Fire for fire suppression, pre-fire and hazardous fuel reduction projects in Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino counties."
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