The Plumas National Forest will be flying a drone over the Minerva Fire this morning, Aug. 14. This drone can detect infrared energy (heat) and produces a thermal image so that fire managers can obtain an accurate assessment of heat pockets that remain within the fire perimeter. This particular drone also has the capability to produce an updated, accurate map of the fire with visual images.
Residents who see this drone should not be concerned; it is an authorized firefighting tool which will provide valuable information to the fire team. Recreational drones are prohibited in the area of the fire.