A San Diego Cal Fire firefighter monitors a flare up on a the head of a wildfire (the Southern LNU Complex), off of High Road above the Sonoma Valley, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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For many legal cannabis growers, the destruction could be insurmountable. At least six marijuana farms have been destroyed, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director at the California Growers Association. If the region receives federal relief, pot farmers can't get that either.Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency across eight counties as 22 large fires have burned across about 170,000 acres of land, according to Cal Fire, the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. One farm was burned in the Atlas Fire in the Napa Valley, three were lost in the Santa Rosa area and at least two were destroyed in Mendocino.Farmers have to pay for permits, water forms and licenses to grow the crop.Cannabis's illegal federal status has blocked growers from any form of federal crop insurance.
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