The Pier Fire is now at 98% containment. A few days ago some of the roads that were closed have been re-opened. Make sure to read the Forest Order carefully. Ultimately calling the Western Divide Ranger District office in Springville for questions about accessing trails like Summit, Clicks Creek, Lewis Camp, and Long Meadow Trailheads are encouraged. You do not want any unfortunately surprises. Below is the latest official news from the Pier Fire incident.
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 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.