How Eastern Washington Cannabis Growers Weathered This Year's Fire Season

During the final, fire-scorched days of August, Jeremy Moberg of CannaSol Farms slept on the roofs of houses and trailers in order to monitor the wildfires that were working their way around his land in Okanogan County. “So many people left and didn’t want to deal,” he says, including a few of CannaSol’s employees. (He said they are no longer employed with the company.) When Moberg or any of his remaining tough-it-out neighbors saw a fire getting too close to a house, they’d scramble onto their tractors and cut fire lines into the soil to protect it.

Meanwhile, they watched government-funded firefighters tearing around in trucks that didn’t carry much water and needed to hook up to city fire hydrants to be effective. “It was an incompetent response,” Moberg says. “We’ve got a negative feedback loop of funding to fight fire, which creates more fire—with 100 years of fire suppression...

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