[UPDATE 6:44 p.m.] Wildfire Near Scotia/Rio Dell

wildland fire feature wildfireFlames are spreading from a three to five-acre fire on the bluff above the Scotia the old Eel River Sawmill as of about 2:45 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Powerlines are down and additional crews are requested. Air support has also been requested.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m.: The fire is now reported to be a half acre with a slow rate of spread, according to the scanner.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: Copter 102 is responding to the incident, according to the scanner and to Flight Tracker.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: According to PG&E’s outage website, about 2500 customers are without power from Hydesville to Honeydew in what appears to be a connected incident. The site reports that power went out about 2:31 p.m. Power is not expected to resume until 6 p.m., according to the customary four hour estimate PG&E gives initially.

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.:

A helicopter still fights the fire

A helicopter still fights the fire as smoke pours out about 4:25 p.m. [Photo provided by Lindsay Todd]

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: Resident Lindsay Todd sent us this video of a helicopter dumping water on the fire. Click here to view: IMG_3179.TRIM

UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: PG&E is reporting that all but 91 customers have had their power restored.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m.: Francesca Cumero took this photo of the air attack at the scene and added a message to Cal Fire.

Thank you Cal Fire air attack



  • Eldon G. Whitehead

    Is this near the Scotia Bluffs or the Bluffs along Monument Road out of Rio Dell?

  • Looks like a c-119g making circles around the bluffs. Just heard the copter now also. It looks like it’s up between fortuna and Rio not the sawmill. Just what I see though I could be wrong. Maybe eel river saw mill.. the copter is dropping bags at the moment.

  • I see it on the north east side of town on the Scotia Bluffs near the old Eel River Sawmill instead of Scotia Mill.

  • All Volunteer Hands On Deck! For the so called Scotia Fire. These are your neighbors. Be shure to call bispatch! Over! FVFD as well.

  • Yes, it’s on the east side of the river, near ridge where they have been logging recently. Near the old Eel River Sawmill. Spotter plane circling and helicopter on scene. Good luck on getting water from the river, lol pretty low

  • Yes! the helicopter is scooping water the fire seems to be around Alton and Hydesville area. Thank you Calfire!

  • I don’t see any smoke in Scotia but on the bluffs just north of Rio copters are dumping water and the spotter planes making circles

  • I can see smoke from here in scotia. Smells like burned pine needles too

  • Definitely Rio

  • North east of old eel river sawmills at metropolitan as seen from rio dell. Above the mazzetti ranch. Spotter plane circling. Helicopter dipping in the eel. Looks to be dying down. Thank goodness. Hats of to Cal fire.

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