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8/4/2017 - Minerva Fire Update
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The Minerva Fire burning south of Quincy now totals at 2,150 acres and is 43% contained.
Last night, a cell moved over the fire area producing light rain and moderate wind gusts.
This caused the fire to back down the Middle Fork of Mill Creek, and make short slope driven runs burning back into itself.
Fire crews continued to make good progress with mop-up in the areas of contained fireline.
Indirect line was continued with bulldozers, while hand crews constructed hand lines in locations not accessible by dozers, tying in the road system to the south and east of the fire perimeter.
Fire objectives remain the same for today: Keep the fire south and east of Forest Road 24N20, west of Forest Road 24N73, and north of Forest Road 24N26.
Containment efforts to minimize impacts to the municipal water supply for Quincy remain a high priority.
Fire crews will continue their efforts today to strengthen and hold existing firelines on the west, while additional crews and bulldozers work to contain the fire on the south, north and east.
Some controlled burning operations will take place today, improving fire containment lines and potentially increasing smoke in the area.
Structure protection engines will be staged throughout Quincy to assist if needed.
Residents will continue to see a variety of aircraft shuttling retardant and water to the front lines.
Weather conditions for today are predicated to be similar to yesterday, with high temperatures in the 90s and humidity in the 20% range.
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