Colorado firefighters found 7,500 marijuana plants spanning 22 acres while battling Waldo Canyon fire
While battling the destructive Waldo Canyon fire in the woods west of Colorado Springs earlier this summer, firefighters stumbled across a large-scale marijuana garden, federal officials revealed Tuesday.
The garden spanned 22 acres on national forest land and included roughly 7,500 marijuana plants, according to a news release. Some of the plants burned in the fire, which torched 18,247 acres and destroyed 346 homes. Investigators removed the remainder of the plants.
The release did not disclose the location of the marijuana garden within the fire’s perimeter. It is not believed to be connected to the fire’s origin