09/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Huge California Wildfire Caused By Marijuana Farm; Suspects At Large In Forest

A fire that has burned more than 75,000 acres in Santa Barbara County over the last week was started in an illegal marijuana growing area operated by a Mexican drug organization, authorities said.

Authorities said they confirmed that the blaze, which is burning out of control, started in a cooking area of the pot farm. They believe those responsible are still in the forest area trying leave the forest by foot.

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