Minerva Fire – Day Four

8:30 p.m. The Forest Service provided these latest updates: There are 1,026 personnel on the Minerva Fire, which is now at 1,531 acres and 30 percent contained. Firefighters from across the north state will continue to patrol the neighborhoods and be ready to provide structure protection if necessary. A number of local residents and businesses have begun efforts to thank the firefighters. In tomorrow’s newspaper, we have included a special insert that includes fire photos as well as a thank you poster to display in your window.

3:50 p.m. Quincy residents might notice that the wind has picked up and that there has been some very light precipitation. A Forest Service spokesman advises that the wind is not cause for alarm. An update on the firefighters’ efforts will be made available following tonight’s 6 p.m. briefing. We will publish that information as it becomes available, as well as any other news on the fire.

12:30 p.m. Sheriff Greg Hagwood announced that an evacuation center has been set up (but is not open) at the Mormon Church on Bellamy Lane in Quincy as a precaution. He has no plans to call for any evacuations today. Last evening as the fire appeared to threaten East Quincy, the sheriff established the evacuation center and his deputies, as well as CHP officers, canvassed portions of the neighborhood south of Center Street to see which residents might require assistance should a voluntary evacuation be called. “Things are looking OK for now,” Hagwood said at noon today. “East Quincy continues to be our concern, but the fire is still a distance away.” If the fire behavior continues as currently predicted, fire will continue east and not north, where it would be more of a threat to East Quincy.

According to the Forest Service, 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 as well as direct attack to manage the fire. This strategy allows firefighters to construct fireline where terrain, access, and fuels are more favorable. Today, fire crews will continue constructing and strengthening existing firelines to the east.


Today is predicted to be the hottest day of the week, with high temperatures in the upper 90s and relative humidity in the 12-18% range. As seen earlier in the week, fire behavior will be more active in the afternoon as temperatures increase, 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 today. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will continue to assist throughout the day as they are available.

9:50 a.m. In checking the Forest Service’s updated information posted on inciweb, we noted that there were 837 personnel assigned to the fire, down from the 1,820 the site was reporting yesterday. After checking with the Forest Service, we were told that the 1,820 was a typo. There has been no loss in personnel.

8:40 a.m., Sheriff Greg Hagwood reports that his office identified the operator of the drone (a local contractor) that caused aircraft to be grounded yesterday. Hagwood said the individual was not arrested and the Forest Service would follow up on the situation.


8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1: According to the most recent Forest Service information, the Minerva Fire remains at 1350 acres and 20% contained this am. The daily inversion is again holding a lot of smoke close to the ground, but that will change after 10 a.m.when the inversion begins to lift. Infrared flight data yields a far more accurate perimeter of the fire, capturing the push the fire made into the middle fork of the Mill Creek drainage. In addition to fighting the fire directly where it is safe to do so, firefighters have been working on contingency lines (working indirectly or away from the fire), that can come into play if working directly is not effective. East Quincy residents heard the noise of those bulldozers last night. Sound really carries. East Quincy and Thompson Valley residents will see more smoke definition near them. You may also want to check https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5434/ .

41 thoughts on “Minerva Fire – Day Four

  • Hello, Thank you Plumas County News for the several current updates each and every day during the Minerva Fire. Thank you whomever is doing the Facebook updates on the fire. BUT the Cal Fire website/Minerva Fire (page 3); the latest updates are from Sunday night as far as I can tell. And as far as Incident web page 5434 – it says it was just updated a few minutes ago, but all of the information seems to be from Sunday, except updated personnel number, I believe updated acreage and the updated map (great map!). I am not a great IT guy so maybe I am missing something or maybe there are two people responsible for these updates and they each think the other is doing the updates. I don’t know.

    • I didnt know that CalFire would post a Federal Incident.

  • You are right it says update 7min ago and nothing

  • I’ve noticed the updates on the Minerva fire on Inciweb are vague and not very informative. A bit annoying because for most other fires they are very detailed and paint a good picture.

    • I agree. It’s difficult to find any information about the fire. I’m in Chico and the news seems to cover all fires except Minerva. Frustrating. Plumas News seems to be the best source.

  • I’m in North Carolina. I have family close to the fire. This is the most current source of information about the fire that I have been able to find. I appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Let it all burn it’s a dead and dying town 30 years ago it was at its best

    • You are a douchebag. I hope YOUR home burns down tonight, loser. These people could lose everything. Go troll somewhere else.

      • Not only do I hope his hometown burns down, but wherever the ignorant piece of work lives now, along with his mothers house, his fathers house, (obviously raised by a bastard parent), his kids homes, and his grand kids homes. Oh, can’t forget his grandmothers house and grandfathers house, aunts house, uncles house, and anybody who is related to this ignorant loser.

    • We are glad you moved away, too.

    • maybe you are the one starting all these fires

    • “Glad I moved away” is right about it being a dead town and being a good place 30 years ago!!!!! All the liberal deadbeats and tweekers that have overwhelmed this area have really changed Quincy and Not for the better!!!. That nasty bunch of deadbeats and tweekers that come here for that stupid music/dope festival ruin the 4th of July here every summer now. Some stay all summer and choose to be an eye sore on the street corner in Quincy. When it gets cold they migrate back to Chico or thanfagthithco. This will be a good place to retire away from! BTW, with the overgrown stunted choked out forest in plumas county it will all burn eventually anyway. No I’m not an arsonist mike. Just callin a spade a spade…..

      • You might want to take an English class in between your shock-therapy treatments

      • Calling a spade a spade from the shadows though.

    • This is our town now and we love it.glad you left

    • Glad that you moved away and are happy where ever you are….most of us love it here….Peace, Quiet and Friendly People. Maybe someday you see what a mistake you made making such a negative statement!

      • I love this little town. I found it in 1985 and came here every year till I retired here.
        People smile at you on the street, I get hugs from strangers, it is peaceful and quiet and
        it is home.
        I am not ‘from’ here and no one cares.
        I am also glad you took your nasty attitude and moved away.
        I generally ignore trolls..but you seemingly lived here and never ‘got’ it.
        I won’t wish anything bad for you, but I am glad you left. Thank you.

    • It got better 30 years ago when you left you c%*ktwaddling sphincter blossom.

    • Can we obtain a DNA sample from you?

      It will only take a minute; Just need to swab the inside of your mouth. Better yet, how about a blood sample?

      Aren’t you on parole? 3056?

    • Quincy has been my home for 33 years, and after a comment like that, I think it’s safe to assume you are probably just a lonely soul. I hope you find joy during your lifetime and misery stops clouding your perception. I feel bad for you.

    • What a cruel thing to say, did you start the fire?

  • The remark by “let it burn” is exactly what an arsonist would say. What a sad, self-centered little cretin.

  • I have to agree with let it burn these little towns in the middle of nowhere full of democratic liberal nutbags who want to save the planet. Why don’t we do as suggested pull the firefighters out and let nature take its course and burn it all off. Ya know a healthy forest doesn’t have invaders like you peeps living in it and the understory burns often but no we interfered with nature and stopped the fire. Now we have larger fires due to the larger growth because MAN interfered again. While he might be a douche he is right

    • ” Former Resident ” do your research you ignoramus : The county has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1980.

    • Again….. Please submit a DNA test for comparative reasons….

      I checked your IP address and know that you’re on probation for H&S 11350 ( That’s possession of Narcotics)

      • go to the police with this info Tom

    • Quincy is a conservative town smart one.

  • Thank you Inciweb for the 8/1 incident overall update.

  • I’ve seen that too. Supposedly updated but no new information at inciweb. What gives?

  • Where in God’s name do you get your weather data? Upper 90’s? It is currently well over 104 and NOAA had this prediction up for the last few days. They changed the forecast for today from 105 to 106 last night. But “upper 90’s”. Yeah. OK. Anyone else notice the unending record heat in Plumas County, a mountainous area, since JUNE with relatively no break? Anyone else notice the PC positive cultists have taken over and squelched once and for all any rational, reasonable debate, questions or investigation of anything real? I mean, a photo of the side of town at night with the blaze in the background with the caption “sometimes destruction is beautiful” is taking the cultist positivity to a new level that I am uncomfortable with at best. At least get the weather accurate. It isn’t that hard. Yes the county has voted Republican but you would never know that in Quincy or by its media.

  • Anybody know where we can view a map of the fire?

    • Thank you! That’s a great resource.

    • I’ve been unable to open the .kml file that the Modis file downloads as. I’m using “My Maps” on GoogleMaps, running Mac OSX on both Safari and Chrome. Error: “A network link in the KML file is not accessible or it is not formatted as a KML file.”

      • Nevermind…I downloaded Google Earth and it opens 🙂

  • WOW I am shocked that someone would say such horrible things on here, Mr (Observer) “Let it BURN” and the other douche bag that agrees, you’re both idiots. You must not have a family. My family has lived in an around Quincy for a almost a century. We still call it home and still love it very much, Things have changed yes , but EVERYTHING everywhere has changed because of evil people. It’s incredible what people will type on a screen. If you feel bold enough to say these things on this site why don’t you walk on out to Sierra Pacific Mill and flap your mouth off to some of our boys that have lived and worked here their whole lives, we watched our grandfather’s, father’s and uncles build all the roads in and around Plumas county, had our clothes purchased with logging money and cut firewood and our Christmas trees in that forest, you stupid jerk. If I knew who your were I’d find you personally walk up and slap your mouth. My grandbaby had to pack up her clothes and only her favorite toys because of this fire for fear that her home was going to be gone in the morning. I hope you NEVER have to know how that feels. You are a new kind of evil. I want to send you to HELL but instead I will pray that God finds you a soul. And besides if you don’t give a crap about Quincy or ANY of the people living there why are you spending time reading about it on here, obviously you did some research to get to this site. IDIOT!!

    • WELL SAID Daree Grier. Some idiots just can’t help their stupid lil selves.

  • Praise God for our Firefighters

  • Wow. No wonder at all what’s wrong with the country these days….just read this thread. A disaster anywhere, caused by anything that threatens life is sad. People affected genuinely want/need to know what is going on. One would think that’s what an article like this is trying to do. then there is the comments.

    Certainly hope that changes some day, would be good for the world.

    Thank god for firefighters, they do good.

  • the best part no one here realizes if you read the words of this guy he is a firefighter, sad state of affairs when a firefighter thinks a town is not worth saving

  • Thank you so much for all the provided information.

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