[UPDATE 8:36 p.m.] Fire at Ruth Lake

Fire at Ruth LakeAt approximately 3:30 p.m., a fire broke out at Ruth Lake. According to the scanner, the fire is “above the dam.”

Tara Sutherland who sent in the photo reports that is “burning along road out here at Ruth between the dam and [Journey’s End.]” This is on the northeast side of the lake.

Copter 102 and other fire resources are being dispatched, according to the scanner.

At 3:49 p.m., Sutherland told us that a fire truck was in the yard of a home near where the fire truck is burning. See photo below.

The fire is burning near a home on Mad River Road and Park Place.

The fire is burning near a home on Mad River Road and Park Place. [All photos by Tara Sutherland]

UPDATE 4 p.m.: A spotter plane is now on scene, according to Sutherland. According to scanner information, two houses are threatened and the inhabitants are being evacuated. There are 2 to 3 acres burning at a slow rate of spread on either side of Lower Mad River Road.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: Sutherland sent us video of the plane circling over the spreading fire.

UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: A helicopter is dropping water on the fire now.

UPDATE 4:43 p.m.: The fire appears to be coming under control.

A few wisps of smoke trail up from the fire.

A few wisps of smoke trail up from the fire. [Photo by Tara Sutherland]

UPDATE 8:36 p.m.: According to Bridget Litten, Public Affairs Officer with Six Rivers National Forest, evacuations are lifted and firefighters are mopping up after putting a handline around the fire earlier.

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16 comments

  • A bit early still for big fires, this could be another long HOT, DRY Summer!!! I hope not for the VFD’s around here as well as Cal Fire up the road in Bridgeville proper!!! Best of luck on getting it down & out quickly!!!

  • Covelo or busted

    White smoke, good sign, grass and brush? lots of water nearby. thanks!

  • Grateful Resident

    Great response by Forest Service!

  • Muddy Black Dodge

    Ooh, I’m first to comedy… I mean comment. Umm let me guess…, had something to do with a cigarette smoker in a passing car or truck.

    • could be dragging chains with a boat trailer. part of my routine for prepping the boat is twisting the chains to remove the slack. but I saw someone toss a lit cig just the other day and both sides of the road was tall tan grass that Caltrans hasn’t got to yet.

    • I’m live in the house on Park place right next to the A frame that was in the path of
      the fire. The fire didn’t come to us. We have an overflow that runs down the bank. The water stopped it, the wind went east. Our house was in jeopardy in the big fire a few years ago. It just missed us again. We think it was a cigarette also.

  • Thanks, Kym. Saw the helo & plane fly over from Rhonerville… wondered what was up.

  • Go Copter 102!

  • Thank your local firefighters. They get out here in the wind and heat and defend our homeland.

  • Thank you Kym, neighbors and their older kids just headed out for the lake, guess it will be ok to go thru by the time they get there

  • Alt Right For Life

    How did the fire truck catch fire and burn?

    What type of truck was it?

  • I’m live in the house on Park place right next to the A frame that was in the path of
    the fire. The fire didn’t come to us. We have an overflow that runs down the bank. The water stopped it, the wind went east. Our house was in jeopardy in the big fire a few years ago. It just missed us again. We think it was a cigarette also.

  • Stina Gonsalves

    I’m BEYOND thankful to ALL the first responders who worked quickly & efficiently to get this fire poked out before it had a chance to do some awful damage. I’m also thankful that our good friends’ house was unaffected. I would always rather have the first responders cut our gate open to access a safe place to fight the fire from, rather than let it burn out of control. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Words just can not adequately express my gratitude toward everyone involved.

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