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8/2/2017 - Minerva Fire Update
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Firefighters worked last night to secure containment lines on the west side of the fire and along the Watershed Road (24N20/Peppard Flat).
To the east, the fire is now burning in both the West and Middle Branch of Mill Creek.
Because of the steep difficult terrain and the heavy brush in the Mill Creek drainages, firefighters are using indirect attack along with direct attack where they can to manage the fire.
This strategy allows firefighters to construct fire line where terrain, access and fuels are more favorable.
Today, crews will be constructing and strengthening existing fire lines to the east.
New objectives for the fire are to keep the fire south and east of Forest Road 24N20, west of Forest Road 24N73, and north of Forest Road 24N26.
Today is predicted to be the hottest day of the week, with highs in the upper 90's and relative humidity's in the 12-18 % range.
As seen earlier in the week, fire behavior will be more active in the afternoon as the temperature increases, and smoke will be more prevalent.
An air quality advisory has been issued from the Plumas County Public Health Agency.
Structure protection engines will continue to be staged throughout town, particularly focused in east Quincy.
Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will also continue to assist throughout the day as they are available.
Changes in the number of personnel reflect a more accurate accounting of arriving crews.
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