[UPDATE 2:33 p.m.] Structure on Fire in Redway; Multiple Crews Responding

A black column of smoke is rising in Redway as multiple people call to report a fire near the corner of Orchard Lane and Birdie Street. [More recent info says that it was off Redway Drive behind another home.]

“One [reporting person] is stating there are animals in the house,” according to Cal Fire dispatch. All people are reported to be out though.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: Small structure completely involved. Power lines arcing. “One resident injured at the residence.” Ambulance requested.


All photos and video by Luis Ruiz unless otherwise stated.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.:


UPDATE 12:51 p.m.: Redway Drive is now closed. Please use other routes.

UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: “Looks like we’ve got a bit of spread into wildland at this point,” reports the incident commander from the scene.
UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: Video from Armand Moore. He reports that many people are saying they heard an explosion before the fire.

UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: Reports from the scene indicate that over a quarter acre has burned around the structure which is situated on a large corner area.

UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Luis Ruiz reports that the helicopter called for earlier is now on scene. Dispatch indicated that it would be looking for places where embers might have spread the fire.


UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: More fire crews arrive to fight the fire.

UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: Cal Fire’s Laura Coleman tells us the fire started at 12:32 p.m. “Redway, Garberville and CAL FIRE including C102 are at incident actively fighting a residential structure fire with about a quarter acre vegetation involved. Power lines are down; one patient transported to hospital (unknown condition); multiple pets at scene (…unknown condition). Incident is still ongoing…”

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: PG&E lines are now secured but telephone representatives are requested to deal with burned phone lines.

UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Fire is reported contained, according to scanner traffic.

UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: A residence was completely destroyed and one resident was taken to Gerald Phelps hospital for burns.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: The pets were not in the home!

UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: According to Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman, The fire is contained and “some resources being released but still heavy commitment of fire resources.”

UPDATE: The area is cleared.



  • Just drove by, hope everyone is ok! Thanks firefighters!

  • There isn’t an address given…

  • lady in the water

    Approximately 7 houses down from the corner of Redway dr. and Birdie ln.

  • Thank you fire fighters!

  • So was it on birdie ln, orchard ln, or Redway drive???
    Photos look more like Redway dr….?

    • It is on Birdie (which is between Redway Drive and Orchard. The photographer is taking the photos from Redway Drive and Redway Drive is closed.

  • That’s not birdie lane. There is one house on the orchard lane side of birdie. The rest of birdie lane is across the street ( half dirt road half concrete) following that takes you to Parkinson’s building. The fire was in a known tweaker hangout. I’ve seen them popping in and out of that parcel like cockroaches. I feel bad for the neighbors on either side. Our neighborhood needs to move these people out and away from our kids

  • I thought it was the old man’s house. I heard he has dementia issues so the Tweaks could be taking advantage of his condition. He was walking around before the ambulance got there a bit singed and disoriented, glad he wasn’t really hurt.

    • The pets were in the back yard in about 5 or 6 cages. My grandpa and I were one of the first people to drive by and stopped and seen the man and he was saying “my pets, my pets!!” They were probably burned to ashes by the time the fire fighters got there because I was there for about 5 minutes and nobody else had gotten there yet. Also, we were trying to find a hose of some sort right behind the fire and there was a big explosion and two little ones after that. The old man’s beard was singed and his arms were really red. Once I called cal fire about 2 or 3 times we had to leave because there wasn’t anything we could do and we couldn’t just watch this poor guys house burn down. I personally think he had rabbits or some sort of other small animals in the cages that are all dead now

      • He had straight cats that he fed on his porch. Old abandoned cages. He never kept any animal in those cages. No rabbits no actual weird Story drama that no one knows of. Please don’t add your own insight. Really really nice old man helps all kinds of trees including people. Unfortunately the people really do suck. His name is Glenn he’s 90 years old and he’s a really nice person doesn’t have dementia.

  • So sad my mother had dementia ,and it decimated her brain turned it into jelly.was the worst time of my life watching her loose her mind .I’ll never forget the day when she d idnt know who I was .I was with her every day until the end dementia is the most unforgiving ruthless disease that possibly could be.she was also terrified .I would ask her why she was scared didn’t know why ,and her halluciantions turned it to terror . When I miss her every day .I remind myself she is not scared anymore . I pray that they find a way to fix the dementia, so know one has to go threw what I went threw .rest in Pease my beloved mother .

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