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Inmates hired to help prevent wildfires

The inmate crews cost about $300 to help clear dry brush

By Celina Westervelt

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It's definitely not feeling a lot like December with near record highs and zero moisture on tap, the state is drying up fast.

Crews are scrambling to prepare for what could be a second wildfire season, but the people who are doing the work are actually saving the state thousands of tax-dollars.

Clearing dangerous, dry brush is tedious and costly work. The brush can become easy fuel for wildfires. As New Mexico heads into another dry winter crews are working to clear out that fuel as fast as possible.

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