Freddie Smoke arrested for starting fire at pot farm

Map of Bully fire
Map of Bully Fire at 10:27 p.m. PDT, July 12, 2014. The yellow and red squares represent the locations of heat detected by a satellite.

Freddie Alexander Smoke III was arrested Saturday, accused of starting a fire and of marijuana cultivation, CAL FIRE announced Saturday. The fire became the Bully Fire 21 miles southwest of Redding, California which was mapped Sunday morning at 3,700 acres.

CAL FIRE said the 27-year old Mr. Smoke was delivering material to a pot site in Shasta County on July 11 when the exhaust from his truck ignited dry grass. At least 15 residences and 50 other structures are threatened. The fire, 7 miles southwest of Ono, is being fought by 1,056 personnel, 33 engines, 38 hand crews, 10 helicopters, 5 air tankers, and 16 dozers.

The photo below shows what the Bully Fire looked like on Saturday from 35,000 feet.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+