Inmates make up roughly a third of the force that fights wildfires in California.
Michael Fahy was the highest-ranking New York fire official to die in the line of duty since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
New York Fire Department lieutenant was shot twice but remains in stable condition.
Garland Tyree, 38, was incarcerated for most of his adult life.
More than 134,000 acres have burned in northern California.
Gordon Matthew Ambelas was recently honored for saving the life of a seven-year-old boy