Inmate who walked away from Nevada fire camp caught

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ELKO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Department of Corrections says a minimum security inmate who walked away from a fire camp near Elko early Wednesday has been captured.

Jordan Shane Redger, 27, was tracked to a home in Ryndon, Nev., east of Elko. Friday about 5 p.m., authorities encircled the door and knocked on the door, NDOC said in a statement. Redger allegedly tried to flee through the back door but was taken into custody.

He was booked into the Elko County jail.

The fire camp is near Interstate 80 at the Deeth Exit between Wells and Elko. The inmates were fighting the Tabor Flats Fire in Elko County.

Redger was housed at the Wells Conservation Camp, but was at Northern Nevada Correctional Center before that. He was serving 12 to 36 months for Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. He was last seen late the night of July 11, 2017 at the camp, and didn't show up for breakfast at 5AM Wednesday.

NDOC partners with the Nevada Division of Forestry to run nine conservation camps in the state. The camps are for minimum security inmates who are scheduled to be released within two years. Inmates in the camps are trained to fight wildland fires and are deployed to handle weed abatement, highway clean-up and other jobs in the off season.