Illegal marijuana operations smoked out by growing 80,000-acre California wildfire

8/29/16–The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has so far seized nearly 20,000 marijuana plants from illegal marijuana operations in the Los Padres National Forest, officials said, after firefighters trying to extinguish flames in the area repeatedly encountered suspicious persons. The blaze has been burning since July 22 and has destroyed more than 80,000 acres in Carmel Valley, Cachagua, and Big Sur. Read