Police kill man near California pot farms evacuated by fire – News Vibe24

    Police kill man near California pot farms evacuated by fire - Times of India
    AVAILABLE: Officers shot and killed a man who pulled out a gun as they tried to hold him out of a marijuana farm complex in a Northern California area where thousands of people were ordered to evacuate as a fire raged in the U.S. during a firefight. authorities said.
    Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremia LaRue told The Sacramento Bee that the man was trying to lead to the subdivision of Mount Shasta Vista on Monday and pointed a pistol at a group of officers including a deputy sheriff and local police.
    “Based on preliminary information, it appears that there may have been some rounds fired by the suspect’s gun,” LaRue said.
    Officers killed the man, who was not immediately identified.
    The subdivision has become a vast network of marijuana holdings run primarily by Hmong families. The county has banned the cultivation of large-scale marijuana, but thousands of container greenhouses have erupted. Attempts by police to shut them down were met with allegations of racial discrimination.
    Violence erupted as the Lava fire spread rapidly and the sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders for the communities of Lake Shastina, the Juniper Valley and Mount Shasta Vista. The flames spread almost 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) on Tuesday.
    The total number of people forced to leave the area was unclear. The Sacramento Bee reported that nearly 3,000 people live on Lake Shastina and another 8,000 live in the area to tend to grow thousands of marijuana.
    “All evacuation orders are still in force at the moment. We do not know which structures have been burnt and the condition of many areas,” the sheriff’s office said on social media on Tuesday.
    Lightning-stricken on June 24, the fire burns brush and wood in Shasta-Trinity National Park north of Weed, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) north of San Francisco.
    Nearly 500 firefighters battled the blaze on rough, rocky ground.
    They faced a tougher race because the area was under warnings of extreme heat, with high temperatures expected to range from 100 degrees (38 Celsius) to 110 degrees (43 Celsius).
    It comes as an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest broke temperature records in Seattle and Portland, Oregon this week and moved inland on Tuesday. Climate change makes extreme weather more likely and more intense.


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