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 inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5434/ .
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