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September 19 Forest Closure Information for Pier Fire
Forest Closure Order for Pier Fire, updated September 19, more


Approximate Location

36.159 latitude, -118.696 longitude

Incident Overview

Pier Fire Map Sept. 18, 2017

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With wetting rains, firefighters will now focus their attention on suppression repair and removal of fire equipment no longer needed. Most of the dirt roads are unsafe to drive on with fire equipment, some areas may not be accessible unless conditions improve. Expect hot spots to continue to smolder well inside the burned area, but those will be extinguished if showers persist. The escape potential is low; perimeter lines will be patrolled by fire personnel as necessary.

All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. Rain showers have increased the potential for hazardous conditions along the roadways. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, mud and debris washed down from steep banks, fire-weakened trees, and heavy equipment along roadways.

Southern California Edison is working to replace infrastructure that was damaged by the fire. Expect traffic delays when traveling along Highway 190. This work is necessary to have power restored to mountain communities.

Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire remain closed under a Forest Closure Order. An updated Closure Order and map are available.

The public, including local residents, are reminded that despite Highway 190 being reopened to access mountain communities, the Forest area and Forest Service roads remain closed due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire.

For example, here are some of the more popular locations that are CLOSED for recreational use:

  • Upper and Lower Coffee Camp Day Use Areas

  • Wishon, Coy Flat, and Belknap Campgrounds

  • The “Stairs” and all turnouts along Highway 190 below Camp Nelson

  • Turnouts along County Road 208 into Wishon Campground

  • Fox Farm Road (FS20S03)

  • Forest road from Coy Flat to Rogers Camp (FS21S94)

As hazards are reduced, some areas may be reopened if conditions allow. The most up-to-date closure information will be posted on Inciweb as conditions change. For current recreational information, please call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman (under Investigation)
Date of OriginTuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM
LocationHighway 190 at Wishon Road 7 miles east of Springville
Incident CommanderRobert Benik (t) Ernie Villa

Current Situation

Total Personnel453
Size36,556 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter. The fire is located in a heavy tree mortality area. The southern portion of the fire is burning in a location with little to no recorded fire history.

Significant Events

Rain showers making dirt roads impassable by fire equipment.


Planned Actions

Continue suppression repair and remove fire equipment where no longer needed.

Projected Incident Activity


No evacuations in place. Forest closure still in effect for Forest areas surrounding the Pier Fire.

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Weather Concerns

Unit Information

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257

Incident Contact

Denise Alonzo
Email: dalonzo@fs.fed.us
Phone: 559-539-2607 ext. 2212
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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