Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Pier Fire Update
September 13, 2017
Pier Fire Information: 916-203-7438, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5548/
Evacuations & Road Closures: 559-636-5496, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Size: 30,571 acres Fire Start: August 29, 2017
Containment: 60% Location: Highway 190, east of Springville
Total Personnel: 1,583 Cause: Human caused, under investigation
Resources: Crews 31, Helicopters 8, Engines 94,
Dozers 17, Water Tenders 16
Fire Summary: Firing operations were delayed due to recent thunderstorm activity that brought erratic winds and brief showers to some areas of the fire. Despite weather conditions, firefighters were able to hold the fire within the current perimeter. Crews continue to identify and address hazard trees and debris in Rogers Camp, Mountain Aire, as well as between Mahogany Flat and Pierpoint Springs on Highway 190.
Fire suppression repair continues along dozer lines on the northern perimeter of the fire. Crews continue to mop-up and patrol fireline on the eastern edge near Camp Nelson. The 6 acre spot fire near Pierpoint Springs on the south side of Highway 190 is being monitored and crews are making progress utilizing existing dozer lines to secure it.
Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up containment line along Forest Road 21S94 between Coy Flat Campground and Rogers Camp. Anticipate increased smoke on the eastern perimeter of the fire due to interior pockets of vegetation burning.
Firefighters will continue firing operations along the 2¼ Road south toward Pine Flat Road on the Tule River Indian Reservation when conditions allow. Smoke and fire may be visible from firing operations once they commence, as well as from interior pockets of vegetation.
Weather: A low pressure system will move across Central California today and move east of the area tonight. This will allow winds aloft to turn from the southeast to the northwest in a northerly direction through tonight. Temperatures will trend down with relative humidity trending up. Winds will remain mainly terrain driven. Temperatures will be 85 to 90 degrees below 3,000 feet, relative humidity will range from 30 to 35 %. Winds will be out of the southeast from 3-6 mph.
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, Roger’s 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, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/. 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; recreationalists should plan ahead.
Hard Road Closures: The following roads are closed to all traffic:
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.
Daily updated information for the levels of smoke in communities affected by the Pier Fire; http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Pier#Main
People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm