Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Tulare County Media Contact:
Carrie Monteiro, Public Information Officer
(559) 636-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 13, 2017
Officials Downgrade Evacuation Orders for Communities Impacted by the Pier Fire
Effective 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017, officials will downgrade evacuation orders from mandatory to voluntary for the following communities: Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope, Doyle Springs, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Sequoia Crest and Wishon.
Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: mandatory and voluntary. Residents may return to communities under a voluntary evacuation; however, conditions may change in the next 36 hours, causing officials to re-issue mandatory status if necessary.
Only property owners and residents are permitted to return at this time. Returning residents MUST show proof of residency to posted law enforcement to gain access. Proper documentation must include the resident name and residency address within the impacted area. Examples include driver’s license with residency address, utility bill that includes resident name and residency address, or address documentation from the U.S. Post Office for those that utilize a post office box.
Residents returning to Doyle Springs and Wishon are able to access Highway 190 at Upper Rio Vista and continue along County Road 208. All other residents must use the Western Divide Highway through Pondersoa to access the area. Residents must show proof of residency to law enforcement located at Upper Rio Vista Road and at Forest Road 21S50.
A portion of Highway 190 will remained CLOSED to all traffic from the Tule Power House to Pierpoint Springs.
Returning residents should show extreme caution and be aware of potential safety hazards, such as falling rocks and fire-weakened trees, downed broken/burned tree limbs, and heavy equipment along roadways. Residents should also be cautious with smoke inhalation; for a full list of health and safety precautions visit www.tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies.
Southern California Edison has begun to restore power to various areas affected by the Pier Fire. Impacted residents may contact Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911 for further information.
Residents who experienced long-term power loss are urged to show caution when using their appliances for the first time. Do not consume refrigerated or frozen food stored in appliances that may have lost electricity. Dispose of these item properly. Evaluation of community water systems is currently underway and being monitored by local water officials.
Dumpsters will be available for residents to dispose of any spoiled food, trash or debris at Camp Nelson Fire Station, located at 1500 Nelson Drive. Dumpsters will be available September 14 – September 17. The American Red Cross will be also be posted at the Camp Nelson Fire Station providing assistance in supplying clean-up materials (shovels, rakes, etc.) for residents from September 15 – September 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
For further information, please contact (559) 636-5496.