PORTLAND, Ore. — Among those fighting the 10-square mile wildfire near Bend are 143 prison inmates.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Among those fighting the 10-square mile wildfire near Bend are 143 prison inmates.

The Oregon Department of Corrections put the minimum security inmates on the fire lines and expects they'll work through the weekend. The prisoners are accompanied by 15 staffers

The Oregonian reports Oregon prison inmates have a tradition of fighting wildfires and replanting forests going back to the 1940s.

Last year, more than 800 inmates from nine prisons served time on the lines at 36 fires across Oregon.