The Pier Fire is 98% contained within fireline as of today. Firefighters will continue to extinguish remaining hot spots along the fire perimeter, suppression repair, and removal of fire equipment that is no longer needed. The public can still expect to see smoke and flame from hot spots well inside the burned area, but those will be extinguished with winter weather. 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. Yesterdays rain showers increased the potential for hazardous conditions along the roadways. As winter weather arrives, conditions may worsen making roads impassable. Be aware of potential safety hazards such as falling rocks, mud and debris washed down from steep banks, and fire-weakened trees.
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. Closure Order information and a map are available on Inciweb
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 recreational use:
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
Turnouts along County Road 208 into Wishon Campground
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. This will be the final Pier Fire update. 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.
Current as of 9/22/2017, 9:32:44 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
Total Personnel 287
Size 36,556 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 22nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
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 burned in a location with little to no recorded fire history.
Rain showers made dirt roads impassable yesterday morning. As conditions change, fire suppression repair will continue.
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.