Bad: Six Marijuana Growers Suspected of Starting California Wildfires

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    Bad: Six Marijuana Growers Suspected of Starting California Wildfires

    Six Marijuana Growers Suspected of Starting California Wildfires
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    DAVENPORT, Calif. — California investigators are looking for up to six marijuana growers suspected of starting a large wildfire north of Santa Barbara with cooking gear.

    Investigators found about 30,000 marijuana plants near the origin of the fire in a remote canyon. An assault rifle was recovered at the campsite.

    U.S. Forest Service Special Agent Russ Arthur said Tuesday that a cooking device at an encampment was responsible for the fire, which has burned more than 137 square miles.

    Arthur says it's the first time in Santa Barbara County a wildfire has been caused by drug trafficking.

    He says there are typically three to four small fires each year in California that are started by similar activity.
    [SARCASM] I know this comes as a shock to everyone but there are dangerous armed people as well as dangerous animals in National Forests. Who Knew?[/SARCASM]

    Here is another related story:

    Marijuana Found Thriving in Forests
    Marijuana Found Thriving in Forests - The New York Times

    Wearing camouflage and armed with machetes, a dozen police officers waited in the gathering heat of morning for a helicopter that was to drop them into a marijuana farm, in the hills two miles distant.

    Rattlesnakes, poison oak and bee stings would be the least of their concerns, the officers were warned before the raid: They might be welcomed with gunfire.

    ''You've got to take care of yourselves,'' Sgt. Richard Matthews, a SWAT team leader for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, told the officers in a briefing near here, at the western boundary of Sequoia National Park.

    Almost every day through the marijuana harvest season, which recently ended, federal agents and the local police descended on the increasingly large pot farms in California's national forests, looking for the growers and their possible connections to Mexican drug traffickers.
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    I don't get it. Why would the growers set a fire that could destroy their crop and definitely drew the attention of the law to it. It makes no sense.
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    They were cooking while tending their crops, their cooking fire got out of control.
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    If only bank robbery were legal they wouldn't have resorted to poisoning children with their criminal activities. Hopefully they will be caught and spend the rest of their lives in prison.

    Disgusting scum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obxned View Post
    I don't get it. Why would the growers set a fire that could destroy their crop and definitely drew the attention of the law to it. It makes no sense.
    Maybe a public service - a group high?

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