US (CA): Broiler Fire started by Flow Cannabis - statement acknowledges responsibility for fire ignition

Flow Cannabis, a cannabis company often known locally as Flow Kana, released a statement this morning taking responsibility for igniting the Broiler Fire.

In the statement issued this morning, Flow Cannabis Co. president Jerom Fawsom acknowledged that “the information we have to date indicates that the July 7, 2021, Redwood Valley fire originated on our property, after the blades of a mower, operated by our employee, struck rock, causing a spark.”

Later in the evening a former contractor for the company, local farmer Ruthie King, sent an email to company officials and local media, condemning the land management practices of the of the company and saying, “I see now that FlowKana [sic] attempted to replace grazing with the mechanical option, using the fast and cheap method for fuels reduction. I also see that FlowKana couldn’t even treat the tractor with the respect it deserves, using it recklessly and causing loss of property and extreme stress in a community traumatized by fire.”

The subject line of the email, “sheep don’t spark flames.”

The Broiler Fire, which began just after 2:30 p.m. on July 7, destroyed three residences and another six outbuildings, and displaced at least two families — more information and their GoFundMes pages can be found in our previous coverage.


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