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Minerva Fire in Plumas County mountains reaches 4,310 acres; 95 percent containment

Minerva Fire burning in Quincy, California. (Photo courtesy: Katie Ranae Ernst)

Crews are battling a collection of wildfires reported in the mountains of Plumas County, south of Quincy, California, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Minerva Fire complex is actively burning in the Claremont Ridge region south of Quincy, with smoke funneling into American Valley. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The complex had burned 4,310 acres with 95 percent containment as of 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, the Forest Service reports. More than 1,800 people were involved in the response at one point, but that number fell to 742 by Aug. 9.

Officials say the voluntary evacuation that was issued for Quincy late Friday night has been lifted as of 8 a.m. Sunday.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, crews on Sunday will continue mop-up operations throughout the day. Weather conditions have been ideal as well, helping with mop-up and suppression repair.

Smoke and haze from the fire has been seen in the Reno-Sparks basin as well as surrounding areas resulting in altered air quality.

The fire was first reported on Saturday, July 29, at about 9 a.m. It's been burning in mixed conifer, oak and brush.

Aircraft, tankers and helicopters hit the fire last week. Officials saw a drone flying near the Spanish Creek helicopter site on Sunday, July 30, according to the Forest Service and Plumas County Sheriff's Office, briefly halting helicopter operations.

Officials say the Minerva Fire has threatened nearly 400 structures, but no structures have been lost.

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