7:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3: The Minerva Fire, which broke out at approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, now stands at 1,825 acres and is 33 percent contained. During this morning’s 6 a.m. briefing, Forest Service officials focused on firefighter safety, particularly in light of last evening’s thunder storms. The storms forced the air attack to end earlier than planned and threatened firefighters on the ground. Some areas of the fire received good precipitation, while others did not. It was reported that the Middle Branch of Mill Creek “got aggressive” and moved around a couple hundred acres. More thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon.
Fire crews on the ground will continue to work on building direct and indirect lines, and prepare for future burnout. Once the inversion layer lifts this morning, the air attack will continue with helicopters and super scoopers.
Heat will continue to be an issue today and yesterday one firefighter was treated for dehydration. Crews were reminded to remain hydrated and to look out for one another.
The briefing included a moment of silence for a firefighter who was killed by a falling tree fighting a fire in Montana yesterday.
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