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Job Corps Students Support Hayden Pass Firefighters

While crews are out mopping up hot spots and reinforcing the Hayden Pass Fire perimeter in Fremont and Custer counties, there’s a diverse group of young people working behind the scenes to keep the base camp running.

A temporary city popped up when the Hayden Pass Fire base camp moved to Westcliffe last week. Big tan supply tents, eighteen-wheelers carrying kitchen and shower facilities and a slew of smaller blue and silver tents appeared in a dusty field at the Custer County Fairgrounds.

It’s part of the Boxelder Job Corps Center’s assignment to work at the camp. The group has more than a dozen students “trying to make everything comfortable for the firefighters, keep everything clean, maintain the camp, help out the mobile kitchen as much as possible,” says eighteen year-old Deavontay Small Bear of Mission South Dakota.

Job Corps is a joint U. S. Forest Service and Department of Labor no-cost program for underserved 16 – 24 year olds. Continue reading

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