Is Fire Country based on a true story?

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Fire Country is the new CBS drama you need to watch. The question for many is whether it’s based on a true story. Here are the details you need.

CBS brought us some great dramas this year. Fire Country is certainly one of them, even if it did mean we had to say goodbye to Max Thieriot’s Clay on SEAL Team. The good news is Clay’s exit hasn’t been for nothing.

The firefighter drama has been renewed for a second season. If you’ve been holding off watching because of uncertainty, now you can throw yourself into it. Now you’ll want to know if the series is based on a true story or not.

Is Fire Country a true story?

The storyline itself isn’t a true story. However, there are some true elements to the story.

It is based around a real-life fire program called Cal Fire. It sees inmates serve some of their time in the firefighter program and earn early parole because of that. However, the way the storylines play out in the series is not what really happens. This is something firefighters in California have called out the show about.

Also, Max Thieriot has not served time or been involved with the Cal Fire program. Everything about the way the inmates and the real firefighters interact is fictional, and the family storyline is also completely fictional. This isn’t too surprising considering things like this add to the drama element to keep a TV series interesting.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a show for the sake of the show. It’s just important to note that this isn’t the way the real life program completely operates. It is an important program, though, and Fire Country isn’t the first show to bring something like this in. Chicago Fire has also utilized the wildfire inmate programs for a storyline.

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Fire Country airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up on Paramount+.