Pier Fire (Wildland Fire)
Size: approximately 36,556 acres Fire Start: August 29, 2017
Percent Contained: 95 percent Location: Highway 190, east of Springville
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.
Effective 10:00 am on Monday, September 18, 2017, officials will lift 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. In addition, Highway 190 will be re-opened to all traffic, and all road closures will be lifted.
Fire officials have lifted the Voluntary Evacuation order for the community of Ponderosa, Bear Creek Road from Balch Park Road to Mountain Home Camp (including SCICON) in Springville, along with Upper Rio Vista and Cow Mountain Road in Springville.
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, please see Health & Human Services Agency's Health Notice for Residents Returning to Wildfire Impacted Areas.
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.
Today, the Sequoia National Forest issued Closure Order No. 0513-17-34. Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed until the fire is declared out.