August complex fire threatens emerald triangle’s cannabis industry

The August Complex Fire in Northern California now ranks as the worst in California history. As of Tuesday, it had burned 794,801 acres and was 30% contained. At least 26 structures have been destroyed.

The blaze is now threatening the Emerald Triangle’s cannabis communities, as SF Gate reports. Even crops that don't burn can become tainted by smoke and ash.

It’s not just the crops at risk, but the people who work on them too. Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall said more than 10,000 people currently live and work on cannabis farms in the Covelo area. In the event of a fast-moving fire, he worries they may not have time to evacuate.