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Pair Rescued From Soberanes Fire Were Tending to Marijuana Crop: Sheriff's Office

Two people who were found Monday inside the lines of the Soberanes fire in Monterey County were tending to a marijuana crop, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

In the early morning hours Monday, deputies responded to a call for assistance from Cal Fire in the Bouchers Gap area. The responding officers came upon two people who had been overtaken by the fire and walked out of the brush requesting help getting out.

The pair had been looking after a 900-plant marijuana grow, sheriff's officials said.

The grow was destroyed by the fire.

It was not known whether the two people rescued Monday were connected with eight hikers who were rescued by firefighters Tuesday.

The Soberanes fire has burned nearly 30,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes. It is also responsible for one death, a 35-year-old bulldozer operator who was killed this week when his dozer overturned while fighting the blaze.

It was not immediately clear if the pair were taken into custody or whether they would face any charges.

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