Wildfires Threaten California Cannabis Crops

An ever-expanding threat of wildfires is affecting a significant network of California cannabis farms, causing a tumultuous situation in the northern part of the state, as well as concern for some cannabis farmers about their crops. 

The so-called Lava Fire has swelled to more than 17,000 acres in northern California as of Wednesday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. At the start of the week, the fire engulfed more than 13,000 acres. The fire is said to have been ignited by lightning striking a tree late last week, and now the fire continues.

Compounding matters for firefighters has been the summer weather in California, where strong gusts of wind have spread the wildfire’s blaze, while hot and dry conditions have also exacerbated the situations in the dry climate. The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that the state “secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Lava Fire burning in Siskiyou County.”

It has made for a tense situation near the town of Weed, where local cannabis farmers have accused “local authorities and fire agencies let the Lava Fire burn through their

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