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Inmate escapes from San Bernardino County fire camp

November 11, 2010 | 10:02 pm

Authorities were searching Thursday for a 23-year-old inmate who escaped from a minimum-security fire camp in San Bernardino County.

Edward David Torrison was handcuffed and being detained for possession of contraband about 5:25 p.m. when he slipped away from Pilot Rock, a state-run fire camp six miles outside Crestline, said Lt. David Fish, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Torrison, who was convicted of petty theft with priors in San Diego County, was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a white T-shirt and orange pants printed with “CDCR State Prisoner.”

Fish said that each of the state’s 19 fire camps have about 100 inmates who live in dormitory-type housing and are required to contribute to firefighting operations run by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the search. Anyone with information about Torrison is asked to call authorities immediately.

-- Corina Knoll