Pot Plants in Forest

By: AP
By: AP
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Investigators are trying to figure out who was growing hundreds of marijuana plants in Pike National Forest.

The plants were found in the Buffalo Creek area that burned during a wildfire that destroyed seven homes in 1996.

Authorities say two out-of-state hikers stumbled on the 294 plants while looking for scenery to photograph.

Jefferson County sheriff's office spokesman Jim Shires says the operation was fairly sophisticated, with a ground cover to keep moisture in the soil during the current hot spell.

The plants were four- to six feet tall and have an estimated street value of 150-thousand dollars.

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