Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Flow Kana Cannabis Company Admits Employee Mowing Grass Caused Redwood Valley’s Broiler Fire

The Broiler Fire flaring up in dry grass [All photographs by Matt LaFever]

In a public statement, Flow Cannabis Company’s President Jarom Fawson has admitted Redwood Valley’s Broiler Fire that destroyed three homes, six outbuildings, and burned 80 acres of wildland was caused by one of their employees mowing grass on their property. 

President Fawson states the fire “originated on our property, after the blades of a mower, operated by our employee, struck rock, causing a spark.”

Fire personnel smothered in smoke

In the statement, President Fawson said his company is “truly sorry” for the “stress, anxiety, fear, and loss that our Redwood Valley neighbors have experienced as a result.”

Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department Chief Don Dale told us despite Fawson’s statement, the fire’s cause is still under investigation but applauded the company’s willingness to “take the first step of trying to make things right.” 

Smoldering cannabis plants burn by the Broiler Fire

Chief Dale said representatives of Flow Kana approached fire investigators offering information about their role and characterized the company as being “upfront about the whole thing.” He added that there clearly was no intention behind the lighting of the fire, that it was an accident, and the incident will not result in criminal charges.

President Fawson said the company is “actively reaching out to the impacted families as well as local organizations to assist with recovery efforts and community healing…”

Cal Fire personnel on the perimeter of a burning home

Looking towards the future, President Fawsom said his company will be “mindful and vigilant of the wildfire danger that exists in our community and committed to working closely with fire officials to improve our current fire prevention program and ensure that, moving forward, we are at the forefront of wildfire prevention.”

As of today at noon, Chief Dale said the Broiler fire is 85% contained with crews working on hotspots throughout the affected area. He said this weekend’s winds and heat could contribute to potential flare-ups throughout the area.

In light of the information released from Flow Kana, Chief Dale reminds the public that there should be no weed-eating or mowing after 9:00 a.m. He noted with this weekend’s extreme heat warning, it is best to just not mow “until it cools down.”

One of the homes actively burning

Chief Dale also expressed his gratitude for the multitude of fire departments that assisted Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department in their efforts to extinguish the Broiler Fire. Agencies that assisted with the fight included Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Brooktrails Fire Department, Little Lake Valley Fire Department, Laytonville Fire Department, South Coast Fire Protection District, Hopland Fire, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the California National Guard, Cal Fire, and many others.

Here is the statement issued by Flow Cannabis Company in-full:



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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