Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Porterville, CA 93257
Wildfire in Tule River Canyon
SPRINGVILLE, Calif., August 29, 2017 – Fire personnel responded overnight to a wildfire in the Tule River Canyon above Springville. The Pier Fire has burned an estimated 500 acres both north and south of Highway 190 on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest.
Highway 190 is currently closed between Balch Park turnoff above Springville, and Fox road along the Western Divide Highway below Ponderosa. Several communities near Camp Nelson are in the process of being evacuated while fire managers take action to suppress this fire. U.S. Forest Service and Tulare County Fire Department are in unified command at this time.
The following communities are under a mandatory evacuation order: Pierpoint Springs, Wishon, Doyle Springs, Alpine, Sequoia Crest, Cedar Slope, and Camp Nelson. Ponderosa remains under a voluntary evacuation advisory. All residents who are evacuating are advised to use east bound Highway 190 to the Western Divide Highway.
Evacuation Center: Porterville College at the Student Conference Center, located at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville.
An Incident Command Team has been ordered. The cause of the fire is under investigation. For more information, please call 559-539-2607 ext. 2292 or on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/#