Near Lake Shastina, California. The county forbids "large-scale" marijuana farms, so small lots have been bought in what was intended to be a residential development. Put up a shack, plant an acre or two of marijuana, and you're in business. Local authorities raid them, attempt to close them down, but they are failing to control the situation. The operation is owned by a Mexican drug cartel. The farms are managed by Hmong and Chinese immigrant families, but guarded (with copious firepower) by Hmong men. They aren't afraid of anything and don't want you passing through as a tourist.
The area marked is just a small portion of the illegal marijuana trade's territory in N. California and S. Oregon. Some farms are legal, the ones in the area I marked are not (unlicensed, therefore untaxed). The Lake Shastina area was in the news tonight because an armed Hmong pulled his gun on a police officer who was ordering residents to evacuate. There is a fast-growing fire on the hillside called the Lava Fire, and the man with the gun was trying to re-enter the marijuana growing area. Perhaps to rescue his equipment, weapons, or guard his crop. Who knows.
This is why it's fun to go to GE to find places you see in the news. There's usually something interesting there. It isn't until you zoom in close that you see how many discrete little gardens there are.
Amazing! What a change in a few years...! And not only in state law. I have checked SV on webGE on my phone, and well, I could not see any SV dates displayed, but there was nothing except natural shrublands as SV Cab was been there.*
Interesting coincidence(?), your placemark set is only a few miles NE of Weed...! ( :
Many thanks for You to keep us informed about most interesting recent happenings around!
Since I posted this there has been a large fire that destroyed most of the area I have shown. The Lava Fire currently covers over 26,000 acres and is 77% contained. Source
The Lava Fire started on 6/24/21 by lightning and is burning northeast of the community of Weed. Below average winter snowpack and very hot, dry windy conditions created burning conditions similar to those normally experienced in August. Diurnal winds and drought conditions are contributed to the northeast and eastern fire spread. Challenges to firefighters included steep, rocky terrain, limited road access to the fire, and limited water sources near the fire.
My son, who works for the US Forest Service, told me something that was both weird and funny about fires in marijuana territory. When the farms catch fire, the crews are told to disengage. It wouldn't do to have them "fighting high!" So, if you own a pot farm and it's burning, you'll have to deal with it yourself.
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. - W.H. Davies, from "Leisure"
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT