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.


Planned Actions 

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

Projected Incident Activity 


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

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