Inmate firefighter from Idaho in custody after leaving fire line in California

Photo courtesy Idaho Department of Corrections/Angelo Manuel Diaz
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BOISE, Idaho (News Release) — An Idaho inmate who was helping battle a California wildfire is back in custody after walking away from his inmate fire crew near the town of Sonoma.

Angelo Manuel Diaz, 37, was reported missing at about 11:30 MDT Friday. A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy found Diaz about three hours later. Diaz reportedly claims he got lost while going to a restroom.

Diaz’ 19-member crew and two correctional officers left the South Idaho Correctional Institution on Oct. 14. They have been based at a fire camp in Santa Rosa, California.

On Jan. 30, in Bannock County, Diaz was sentenced to 3 years to 7 years for possession of a controlled substance.

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