CA Inmate Firefighter Dies of Illness

An inmate firefighter who battled the Buck Fire in California died Sunday. He died at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, according to a report on (

The death of Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp inmate Jimmy Randolph, 44, is under investigation by Cal Fire and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Fire commanders declared full control Monday of the lightning-sparked, 2,700-acre wildland fire, which broke out in Sage on Tuesday. The fire was 100-percent contained Friday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Before becoming ill on Saturday morning, the inmate had been assigned to the Buck Fire in Hemet, according to a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation statement. Randolph died with his family at his bedside.

Randolph was serving an eight-year sentence for petty theft with priors and was scheduled for parole this October, according to the statement.

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