Fire spots over Claremont Ridge

9 p.m. update – The footprint of the fires that are labeled the Minerva Fire, located just  south of Quincy, is about 900 acres. Now that it’s dark, residents of Quincy will see active fire. At this time (9 p.m.), no evacuations have been ordered by the Sheriff.

7 p.m.: The Forest Service is reporting that the fire has not crossed below 24N20 Road, also know as Watershed Road. The fire has not entered Boyle’s Ravine. East Quincy residents will likely see fire activity in the Mill Creek drainage this evening. Structure protection fire engines will be deployed to Quincy neighborhoods as a precautionary measure. Meadow Valley and Bucks Lake are currently not impacted by this fire. About an hour go, firefighters reported that the fire activity was on the ground and not in the trees.

Residents are asked to remain aware but there are no evacuation warnings or orders issued at this time.

5:20 p.m. The fire has spotted over Claremont Ridge and is in the Mill Creek Drainage. The Forest Service has ordered three strike teams for structure protection.

Sheriff Hagwood and the Office of Emergency Services advises residents of Quincy  to start making emergency plans for the possibility of evacuation. Residents are encouraged to shut all windows, collect all personal documents and photos, avoid use of air conditioning, and locate your pets and keep them nearby. The Sheriff will keep the Facebook page updated; there are currently NO excavations, please DO NOT call the dispatch center for updates.

Below is a link for a complete list of Pre-Evacuation Preparation Steps.

www.readyforwildfire.org/Pre-Evacuation-Preparation/

5:20 p.m. update: Per the Forest Service: The fire is no spotting over Claremont Ridge due to late afternoon winds and is established in the Mill Creek drainage. Additional resources have been ordered including three strike teams of structure protection engines as a precautionary measure.

2:50 p.m. update: The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services are monitoring the situation closely. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said that planes and choppers are now using Bucks Lake for water. He reports that there are no calls for evacuations in Quincy at this time. It is hoped that afternoon winds will cooperate and that the fire will lay down tonight. Higher temperatures are expected tomorrow. There are reports of smoke throughout the county, as well as ash falling in some areas.

2:20 p.m. update: According to the Forest Service, no communities are threatened. They continue to fight the fires from the ground and from the air. The fires are burning in remote and rugged terrain.

Update: Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.  According to the USFS, three of the fires within the Minerva Fire complex have grown together at about 50-60 acres. Aircraft are also using Bucks Lake for water.

Update: Saturday, July 29, 11 a.m.: According to the USFS: Firefighters are working multiple starts ( 5 starts from 1/4 ac to 10 acres) in a grouping being called the Minerva Fire. T23N, R9E, Sec 4 on the north side of Claremont. Fire is burning in brush and scattered timber with a moderate rate of spread. Helicopters and superscoopers are assisting firefighters on the ground. No known structure threats currently. Smoke visible from Quincy, Meadow Valley and Bucks Lake areas and beyond. Helicopters dipping from nearby water sources.

Plumas National Forest Spokeswoman Lee Anne Schramel said that there are a total of six starts, with the largest estimated to be at 5 acres.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood said that a heavy lift chopper and two super scooper aircraft are drawing water off of Little Grass Valley Reservoir to fight the fires. The sheriff’s boat patrol is clearing the reservoir of boaters.

24 thoughts on “Fire spots over Claremont Ridge

  • July 29, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    Thank you for the information.

  • July 29, 2017 at 11:35 am
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    Harvey lift? Is that a new helicopter??

  • July 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    Typo as is common nowadays. Likely that “harvey” is actually “heavy”

    • July 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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      You are correct. It’s a heavy lift Type 1 helicopter per the Forest Service.

  • July 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    Good job firefighters !!!!

  • July 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm
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    Thank you for keeping us up to date.

    • July 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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      They say it might be arson.

  • July 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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    Butte county sending good thoughts your way, folks….! Just heard a strike team from here get the call for the Minerva, so hope it helps!

  • July 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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    Forget the fire, have they contained the dragons that started all this!?!?

  • July 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    I cannot get NPR on the radio. Have the towers on the ridge been affected?

  • July 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    Christina Deitrich from Bullhead City Az sending prayers to everyone involved.

  • July 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    Away from home live in Quincy a distance estimate from town and direction of spread would be nice. Fire south of town would spread down hill.

    • July 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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      It’s south of town.

  • July 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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    Please keep updating people that live there; they are having a hard time getting any news. My niece just called me in PA to get info. Thank you to every brave person that’s putting themselves at risk to save others. Our hearts and thoughts are with them all during this intense situation.

  • July 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    Thank you Debra for the fine report. Keep us updated – please.

  • July 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm
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    Are we going to get an update soon?

  • July 30, 2017 at 7:31 am
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    Current up date,for Sunday morning

    • July 30, 2017 at 7:39 am
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      It’s on our website – Minerva Fire day two. It’s been updated twice this morning and we will continue throughout the day and evening as we did yesterday. The fire was fairly calm overnight, but there is the concern for this afternoon when it is predicted to be very hot, low humidity and windy.

  • July 30, 2017 at 7:43 am
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    Prayers for all involved! Be safe and let’s catch the sicko that gets his rocks off by the devastation of others! You will pay dearly for this! PCSO will not allow you to continue to spread your hatred! They are a awesome team of police officers, detectives, investigators and our awesome sheriff, Greg Haywood! You will get caught! Mark my words!

    • July 30, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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      I agree wholeheartedly with Cindy Crim of the above statement!

    • July 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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      I agree wholeheartedly with Cindy Crim of the above statement!

  • July 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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    Smoke is getting real bad here in maybe in between portola and Graeagle ! Luck to all working to fight a possible senseless act

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