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Police kill man near California marijuana farms evacuated by fire

Officials shot and killed a man who was pulling a gun as he tried to keep him outside a marijuana farm complex in an area in far northern California where thousands of people were asked to evacuate when during a heatwave that enveloped part of the world , wildfire raged The area. Western United States, the authorities said.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue told The Sacramento Bee that the man tried to break into the Mount Shasta Vista subdivision on Monday and aimed a gun at a group of officers, which included a sheriff officer who was already the local police.
“Based on preliminary information, it appears that there may have been a couple of shots from the suspect’s firearm,” LaRue said.
Officials killed the man, who was not immediately identified.
The subdivision has grown into a huge network of marijuana farms, mostly run by Hmong families. The county has banned large-scale marijuana cultivation, but thousands of marijuana greenhouses have sprung up. Police efforts to close them down have been countered by allegations of racial discrimination.
The violence erupted as the lava fire increased rapidly and the sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders for the Lake Shastina, Juniper Valley and Mount Shasta Vista communities. The flames extended over an area of ​​54 square kilometers on Tuesday.
The total number of people who had to flee the area was unclear. The Sacramento Bee reported that nearly 3,000 people live in Lake Shastina and up to 8,000 more live in the area to tend the thousands of marijuana plants.
“At this point all evacuation orders are still in effect. We do not know which structures caught fire and how many areas there are, ”said the sheriff’s office on Tuesday on social media.
The fire, lit by lightning on June 24, burns bushes and wood in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest north of the city of Weed, about 252 miles north of San Francisco.
Nearly 500 firefighters fought the flames on rugged, rocky terrain.
They had a tougher battle because the region was under excessive heat warning, with high temperatures ranging from 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) to 110 degrees (43 degrees Celsius).
It comes as an unprecedented Pacific Northwest heat wave that shattered temperature records in Seattle and Portland, Oregon this week and pulled inland on Tuesday. Climate change makes these extreme weather events more likely and more intense.

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