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Author Lowe, Jaime, 1976- author

Title Breathing fire : female inmate firefighters on the front lines of California's wildfires / Jaime Lowe
Edition First edition
Published New York : MCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  363.37092 Low/Bff  DUE 23-08-24
Description x, 302 pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents Shawna Lynn Jones and the women of Crew 13-3 -- "The girls in oranges hiking the mountain" -- The Golden State of incarceration -- Release -- Epilogue
Summary "A dramatic, revelatory account of the female inmate firefighters who battle California's wildfires"-- Provided by publisher
Of the thousands of firefighters who battle California's blazes every year, roughly 30 percent of the on-the-ground wildland crews are inmates earning a dollar an hour. Approximately 200 of those firefighters are women serving on all-female crews. Lowe has spent years getting to know dozens of women who have participated in the fire camp program. Speaking to captains, family and friends, correctional officers, and camp commanders, she provides an illuminating look at how the fire camps actually operate. In doing so, she encompasses California's underlying catastrophes of climate change, economic disparity, historical injustice, and the emotional and physical intensity of firefighting. -- Adapted from jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Convict labor
Women fire fighters -- California
Women prisoners -- California
Wildfires -- California
Genre/Form Biography & Autobiography / Fire & Emergency Services
collective biographies.
LC no. 2021007793
ISBN 9780374116187 (hardcover)
0374116180 (hardcover)
Other Titles Female inmate firefighters on the front lines of California's wildfires