Happy Birthday Smokey Bear
Today’s efforts will include continued work toward full containment with a major focus on mop-up activities (extinguishing of hot spots) along existing containment lines. This is an important component as fire continues to creep along the ground and smolder in heavy fuels, such as downed timber. Fire activity within the perimeter includes some moderate levels of surface fire with isolated and occasional group tree torching. This occurs as a result of hot spots that may flare up from wind or higher temperatures and as it reaches unburned vegetation.
Fire crews are also engaged in repair of fire suppression efforts as well as removing hazards near roads and trails, such as burned trees that may easily fall or debris that may limit access. These are important steps for the eventual restoration of the area to help reduce loss of soil, deterioration of water quality, and adverse change in runoff characteristics.
Temperatures will remain slightly above or near normal with continued chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms through Thursday.
Today is also the 73rd birthday of the fire prevention mascot, Smokey Bear. As containment grows on the Minerva 5 fire, fire officials remind residents that there remains a high potential for fire in other areas and urge individuals to exercise caution operating machinery, equipment, or any items that could start a fire.
For updates throughout the day please see the Plumas NF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas/ or check fire status at Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5434/.