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Pier Fire Update, 9:40am, 9/21/27: RAIN! 

Black Mountain Cloaked in Rain/Fog
With wetting rains, firefighters will now focus their attention on suppression repair and removal of fire equipment no longer needed. Most of the dirt roads are unsafe to drive on with fire equipment, some areas may not be accessible unless conditions improve. Expect hot spots to continue to smolder well inside the burned area, but those will be extinguished if showers persist. The escape potential is low; perimeter lines will be patrolled by fire personnel as necessary.

All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. Rain showers have increased the potential for hazardous conditions along the roadways. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, mud and debris washed down from steep banks, fire-weakened trees, and heavy equipment along roadways.

Southern California Edison is working to replace infrastructure that was damaged by the fire. Expect traffic delays when traveling along Highway 190. This work is necessary to have power restored to mountain communities.

Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire remain closed under a Forest Closure Order. An updated Closure Order and map are available on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5548/

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 due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire.

For example, here are some of the more popular locations that are CLOSED for recreation:

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 that access the Tule River.

Fox Farm Road (FS20S03)

Forest road from Coy Flat to Rogers Camp (FS21S94)

As hazards are reduced, some areas may be reopened if conditions allow. The most up-to-date closure information will be posted on Inciweb as conditions change. 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.
Basic Information

Current as of 9/21/2017, 9:37:20 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

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 Robert Benik (t) Ernie Villa

Current Situation

Total Personnel 453

Size 36,556 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter. The fire is located in a heavy tree mortality area. The southern portion of the fire is burning in a location with little to no recorded fire history.

Significant Events 

Rain showers making dirt roads impassable by fire equipment.

Outlook

Planned Actions 

Continue suppression repair and remove fire equipment where no longer needed.

Projected Incident Activity 

Remarks 

No evacuations in place. Forest closure still in effect for Forest areas surrounding the Pier Fire.

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A beautiful Sunday walk through our mountains. 

Some photos and video from a Sunday walk from the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station down to 21S50, and a shot of the beautiful Quakin Aspen Meadow. 

The streams are still running! 


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Pier Fire Update, 10am, 9/19/17: Full Containment is Imminent! 

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM


Work continues to fully contain the fire, focusing on that area west of Pierpoint Springs where the fire still smolders on the south side of the Tule River. Crews continue to extinguish hot spots along the southern perimeter. Active fire is expected to continue burning through unburned pockets of vegetation until winter rains fully extinguish them. These areas are well within the interior of the fire, and will likely be visible from nearby communities. The escape potential is low, all perimeter lines are being patrolled by fire personnel.

All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, fire-weakened trees, downed broken/burned tree limbs, and heavy equipment along roadways. Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are working to replace infrastructure that was damaged by the fire. Expect traffic delays when travelling along Highway 190. This work is necessary to have power restored to mountain communities. Impacted residents may contact Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911 for further information. 

Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire remain closed under a Forest Closure Order. A current map of the closure area can be found on Inciweb Closure Information. The public, including local residents, are reminded that despite Highway 190 being reopened, the Forest area remains closed due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire. As hazards are reduced, some areas may be reopened. The most up-to-date closure information will be posted on Inciweb as conditions change. For recreational information, please call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607.
Basic Information

Current as of 9/19/2017, 10:42:12 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

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 Angel Prieto (t) Ernie Villa

Current Situation

Total Personnel 618

Size 36,556 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter. The fire is located in a heavy tree mortality area. The southern portion of the fire is burning in a location with little to no recorded fire history.

Significant Events 

Interior burning active throughout the day and night. Expect this to continue until area receives heavy precipitation.

Outlook

Planned Actions 

Hold, improve, and mop up completed line. Continue suppression repair and provide structure defense as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity 

Remarks 

All portions of Highway 190 were reopened to the public on Monday September 18 at 10 am. No evacuations in place. Forest closure still in effect for Forest areas surrounding the Pier Fire.

Inciweb 

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Pier Fire Update, 10am, 9/18/17: 95% containment, highway 190 open, all evac orders lifted. 

ANNOUNCEMENTOfficials Lift All Evacuation Orders for the Pier Fire, Highway 190 Opened 

Effective 10:00 am on Monday, September 18, 2017, officials will lift all voluntary evacuation orders for communities impacted by the Pier Fire. 

Size: 36,556 acres 

Fire Start: August 29, 2017

Containment: 95% 

Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Total Personnel: 450 

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Resources: Crews 10, Helicopters 3, Engines 19, Dozers 6, Water Tenders 10, 1 Air Attack

Fire Summary: Weather was favorable over the past few days to allow firefighters to complete the necessary firing operation along the southern perimeter of the fire on the Tule River Indian Reservation. Over the next few days, work will continue to secure the southern perimeter line, mop up hot spots, and continue efforts on fire suppression repair.

Hand crews will be working to secure that five percent of uncontained line near Pierpoint Springs. The steep and rugged terrain along the south side of the Tule River makes access nearly impossible. Efforts will be made to put out remaining hot spots and continue to secure that edge. The majority of active fire will be well within containment lines, residual smoke from this location will be visible to local residents. The escape potential is low.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, under the command of Mike Minton, would like to thank cooperators and community members for their support throughout the fire-suppression effort. Today, a local Type 3 team from the Sequoia National Forest and Tule River Indian Reservation assumed command of the Pier Fire. Numbers of personnel will continue to decrease as full containment is reached. 

Effective at 10 a.m. today, Tulare County officials lifted all evacuation orders for the Pier Fire, Highway 190 is now open to traffic…

Officials lifted all voluntary evacuation orders for communities impacted by the Pier Fire. These include: Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope, Doyle Springs, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Sequoia Crest and Wishon.
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 http://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.
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/.
Basic Information

Current as of 9/18/2017, 9:27:38 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

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 Mike Minton, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,339

Size 36,556 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 20th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Primary fuels are dormant brush, hardwood slash, and closed timber litter. The fire is located in a heavy tree mortality area. The southern portion of the fire is burning in a location with little to no recorded fire history.

Significant Events 

Fire weakened trees influenced by recent fire activity will continue to provide a strong mechanism for rollout.

Outlook

Planned Actions 

Hold, improve, and mop up completed line. Continue suppression repair and provide structure defense as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity 

Remarks 

A Type 3 organization from Sequoia NF will assume command of the Pier Fire at 0600 Monday morning – Sept. 18, 2017. The Pier Fire has identified an Initial attack Package to be made available should the need arise.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns 

Mostly clear with lows 55-62 in the lower elevations and 45-53 in higher terrain. Maximum relative humidity 60-80%.

Inciweb

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