The coronavirus pandemic has severely complicated efforts to fight devastating wildfires raging in California and other parts of the West.
The health and economic shutdown meant that volunteers who usually clear undergrowth and brush each spring were forced to stay home. And prison work crews have been sidelined as COVID-19 hit correctional facilities and infected inmates.
Firefighters are also facing unique challenges: They are suffering shortages as some of their own have been infected, forcing mandatory quarantines and raising questions over how to house firefighters safely in crowded base camps.
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