CALIFORNIA -- Their work is just as important as those fighting the fires up and down the state -- they are the members of the California Conservation Corps.
The CCC's Susanne Levitski says that there are members of the corps at eight different fires across the state.
Levitski says that it is part of the mission of the organization to assist on natural disasters and perform emergency response duties. It's not just fires though, the group also responds to floods and earthquakes.
Members of the CCC are usually dispatched within hours of a natural disaster, she said.
After the fires are out, the CCC will begin coordinating removal of dead trees and the planting of new ones in the fire ravaged areas.
Right now corps members are aiding in logistics and support positions as well.
Often times they work on the preventive side of things, too -- taking steps such as removing brush and other fire hazards in the hopes of avoiding wildfires like the one burning in and around Yosemite National Park.
It was Yreka corpsmember Jolie-Ann Super's first fire since joining the California Conservation Corps in May. On the Salmon River Complex fire in Siskiyou County, she and her crew worked 16-hour days, staffing the supply unit, distributing lunches, doing the recycling and more.
Shortly after arriving at the fire camp, she was surprised to link up with her father, an engine captain with the U.S. Forest Service. He mentioned that her grandfather, also with the USFS, was assigned to the fire as well.
Jolie-Ann likes outdoor work and says her father encouraged her to join the CCC.
In photo, from left: Corpsmember Jolie-Ann Super, grandfather Ray Cortes, father Brandon Cortes.