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The Pier Fire reached full containment on September 24th at 36,566 acres. Full containment means that a perimeter line surrounds the fire keeping it from growing larger. This does not mean the fire is out, visible columns of smoke continue to be seen from nearby communities. This is expected to be a frequent occurrence until substantial rainfall/snowfall arrive with winter weather. Escape potential remains low. Active fire within the perimeter lines is one of the main reasons this area remains closed to recreation.
Local Forest Service firefighters are patrolling the fires perimeter on the ground and by air to check for hot spots that may spread beyond containment lines. Any hot spots found there have been extinguished to secure it. This activity will continue until winter weather arrives and the Pier Fire can be declared out. A storm is expected to arrive over the weekend which may extinguish most of the hot spots. The burned area will continue to be hazardous due to burned trees, smoldering stump holes, and rolling debris.
The Forest Service is currently working with Tulare County to assess the potential for runoff to impede travel along Highway 190.
All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. As winter weather arrives, conditions may worsen making roads impassable. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, mud and debris washed down from steep banks, and fire-weakened trees. 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 under a Forest Closure Order due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire.
Updated Closure Order and map for the area closed in Sequoia National Forest are available on Inciweb
Here are some of the more popular locations that are CLOSED for recreational use, some due to normal seasonal closures that were soon to occur:
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), and Forest road from Coy Flat to Rogers Camp (FS21S94)
As hazards are reduced, some areas may be reopened if conditions allow. 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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Human (under Investigation)|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM|
|Location||Highway 190 at Wishon Road 7 miles east of Springville|
|Incident Commander||USFS, Western Divide RD|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter.
Fire suppression repair was completed Friday October 6, 2017
Continue patrolling the fires perimeter until significant rainfall/snowfall arrives to fully extinguish the remaining interior hotspots.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Forest closure will remain in effect until all hazards can be abated and the fire is declared out.