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Weed, California: Up in Smoke, Again

A Weed road sign in California and the Mill Fire, the latest to hit the Northern California town (photo by Traci Miner/KCRA).

A favorite road stop for stoners - Weed in Northern California - has been hit by a number of wildfires over the last few years. In 2019, the Boles Fire destroyed 150 homes and buildings in the town of just 3,000 residents.

Update: A new blaze, named the Mill Fire, has engulfed Weed again. It spread to 4,000 acres, as of September 2.

The Boles Fire in 2019

The town near Mount Shasta and the Oregon border on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County is named after Abner Weed, who founded the area's first lumber mill in 1897.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.