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Massive fight breaks out at Carlin Conservation Camp

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 19:01:00-05

A fight broke out between an estimated 40 inmates at the Carlin Conservation Camp around 9:15 p.m. Sunday. 

Staff employed chemical agents to quell the disturbance, but the fight continued. Nevada Highway Patrol, Carlin Police, and Elko County Sheriff's Office SWAT responded to the scene, ending the fight quickly.

Two inmates, Sergei Potoyan and Oscar Barreras, were transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital where they were treated and released. The two are being moved to Lovelock Correctional Center. Another 20 inmates involved in the fight are being transported to higher security facilities.

No staff members were injured during the fight, and no damage to the camp facility was reported. The Nevada Department of Corrections Inspector General's Office will head the investigation of the incident.

Conservation Camps house minimum security inmates who are trained by the Nevada Division of Forestry to fight wildland fires. During the offseason, inmates assist with snow removal, weed abatement, and other seasonal jobs.