Massive August Complex: Fire Threatening Northern California ‘Emerald Triangle’ Marijuana Growing AreaPosted by On

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/AP) — The massive August Complex Fire — the largest wildfire outbreak in state history at 794,801 acres and still growing Tuesday — has advanced toward Northern California’s ‘Emerald Triangle’ of legal and illegal marijuana grows.

The fire, burning in rural Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties, was 30 percent contained with at least 26 structures destroyed. The area is mostly rural, heavily-wooded and has historically been the sources of millions of pounds of legal and illegal marijuana every growing season.

It is nearly double the size of the 2018 Mendocino Complex in Lake and Mendocino counties which previously was the state’s latest wildfire outbreak and has exceeded the combined 759,844 acres of the SCU Lightning Complex and LNU Lightning Complex blazes that are nearly contained in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Officials said the flames have already burned around the community of Kettenpom in southern Trinity County. It was…

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