As the Flat Fire began to grow quickly in Trinity County this week, the U.S. Forest Service deployed a long list of resources to the area including three crews, five tankers, two helicopters, eight engines, two water tankers and a dozer. They also deployed their elite group of wildland firefighters tasked with being on the frontlines of the wildfire – smokejumpers.
Smokejumpers parachute from airplanes to reach remote wildfires and begin containment and assessment of each fire using limited tools and resources. When they were deployed to the Flat Fire in Trinity County, they were greeted by the area of the Emerald Triangle in a not-so-surprising fashion – with a massive cannabis grow.
Videos online show the smokejumpers landing in a large field next to the marijuana grow, most likely giving the growers a sense of relief that their fields wouldn’t go up in flames.
As of Wednesday morning, the Flat Fire sits at 80-100 acres near the Cedar Flat Picnic Area in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We will continue to update the situation as more information is made available.