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Pier Fire

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

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Pier Fire Update 9-11-17

Pier Fire Wildfire
News – 9/11/2017

Pier Fire AM Update

September 11, 2017

Pier Fire Information: 916-203-7438, 7 a.m.– 9 p.m.

Tulare Co. EOC: 559-623-0200 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Size: 27,586 Fire Start: August 29, 2017

Containment: 60% Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Total Personnel: 1,780 Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Resources: Crews 35, Helicopters 8, Engines 125

Dozers 18, Water Tenders 15

Fire Summary: Another night of good progress continues as firing operations were completed down Forest Road 21S94 to the Tule River west of Camp Nelson. In the Tule River Indian Reservation, crews successfully brought firing operations south along the 2 1/4 Road to Pine Flat Road in the Pine Flat area. The fire glow visible from Porterville early this morning was coming from the northeast corner of the reservation near Smith Mill Road, where a 100-acre stand of beetle-killed trees were burning. Elsewhere on the fire, crews mopped up, monitored and patrolled containment lines. On the northeast side specifically, helicopters and ground crews focused on the last remaining piece of uncontrolled line near Wishon along the North Fork Middle Fork of the Tule River. The entire western and northern sides of the fire are now contained.

Today, as firing operations continue on the eastern and southern sides of the fire, crews will monitor for spot fires and secure line that was recently fired. They will also coordinate firing operations to extend containment lines south into the Tule River Indian Reservation along the 2 1/4 Road. On the southwest side, crews are prepared to resume firing operations, progressing south into Blue Canyon, also in the reservation. No evacuations are in place for residents of the reservation. Firing operations will continue to bring smoke into communities around the fire's perimeter. Repair of firelines, roads, and other areas affected by fire suppression activity has begun on the west side of the fire, east of Balch Park Road and in the Rio Vista area.

Weather: Sunny this morning giving way to partly cloudy conditions with a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the area. The threat of thunderstorms will reach its peak later today. Winds in the canyon area will be 3 to 6 mph with gusts to 15 mph coming out of the east and southeast. Warmer temperatures today; 90-96 degrees below 3,000 feet and 75-85 degrees in the valleys.

Evacuations: Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory.There are currently no voluntary evacuations. Mandatory evacuations are issued when the fire poses an imminent threat to life and property. The following communities are under mandatory evacuation: Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, Camp Nelson, Doyle Springs, Alpine Village and Wishon.

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed (Closure Order No. 0513-17-34, CAL FIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained; recreationists should plan ahead.

Hard Road Closures: The following roads are closed to all traffic:

  • Cow Mountain Road at its intersection with Rio Vista Road.

  • Highway 190 east of Springville is closed at Upper Rio Vista Road to eastbound traffic.

  • Highway 190 north of Ponderosa is closed at Forest Road 21S50 to westbound traffic.