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Marijuana Farm Sparked 2015 California Fire

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An illegal marijuana farm lit up a home-destroying northern California fire in 2015 that took out 96 buildings. Two suspects were on the run as officials announced the case Wednesday.

43 homes and 53 outbuildings were destroyed before the Rocky fire was contained. It was Lake County’s second most destructive fire in 2015. And it was just one of five known marijuana-related Northern California wildfires in 2015, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At least four more such fires have been reported in 2016 so far.

More than 69,000 acres burned in the Rocky fire, according to CalFire. The stated cause of the fire, as of August 14 last year, was “Outdoor Gas Water Heater Failure.” A CalFire map of the blaze shows the progression of the Lake county incident, which spread across county lines. – READ MORE

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