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Northern California lava fire explodes on 13,300 acres, evacuating and threatening marijuana farm

The northern California lava fire exploded on more than 12,000 acres Tuesday morning, resulting in evacuations and burning of scrub and wood in Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The fire that burns between the town of Weed and the mountain. Shasta, who works 1,446 acres to 13,300 acres Monday through Tuesday evening. It’s 19% in, Cal Fire said, and about 800 firefighters are fighting the fire.

The lava fire is one of several fires that were caused by lightning strikes during the mountain thunderstorms last Thursday. Two others, Tennant Fire and Beswick Fire, aren’t that big. The area had been warned under a red flag due to strong winds and low humidity and temperatures between 100 and 110 degrees.

Crews thought the fire contained content on Friday afternoon, but about four hours later residents saw smoke in the direction of the fire as it reignited, said Todd Mack, Shasta Trinity Wildland Fire Management Officer, during a town hall meeting Monday.

California “has secured a fire protection assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association to secure vital resources to combat the #LavaFire burn in Siskiyou County.” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Twitter.

The Sacramento Bee reported that nearly 3,000 people live in Lake Shastina and up to 8,000 more live in the area to take care of the miles of marijuana cultivation.

“All evacuation orders are currently still in force. We do not know which structures caught fire and how many areas there are, ”said the sheriff’s office on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s smoke was seen in Medford, Oregon, up to 100 miles away.

Officials shot and killed a man who was pulling a gun as they tried to keep him away from a marijuana farm complex near the fire.

The subdivision has grown into a huge network of marijuana farms, mostly run by Hmong and Chinese families. The county has banned large-scale marijuana cultivation, but thousands of marijuana greenhouses have still sprung up.

The fire comes as the west coast battles a deadly drought and heat wave. As of June 28, Cal Fire has reported a total of 4,152 fires.

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