The Pier Fire is now 100% contained. What does that exactly mean? Is the fire “out”? Well contained means the fire is kept within the perimeter. There are likely places within the perimeter still burning too and the potential for the fire to escape is low. Read more below!
The Pier Fire has reached full containment at 36,566 acres. Full containment means that a perimeter line surrounds the fire keeping it from growing larger. Flames and smoke will continue to be seen from unburned pockets of vegetation burning well within containment lines, but escape potential remains low.
Approximately 130 Sequoia National Forest personnel; 5 hand crews, 5 dozers, and miscellaneous overhead, continue to work on controlling the Pier Fire. Work is ongoing to monitor containment lines, extinguish remaining hot spots along the edge, complete suppression repair, and remove fire equipment. This work will continue until winter weather arrives and the Pier Fire can be declared out.
Similar efforts are ongoing on the Tule River Indian Reservation, where crews and heavy equipment work to mop up, control and repair that edge of the fire that burned onto Reservation lands. For additional information for activities along the southern edge of the Pier Fire, please call the Tule River Indian Reservation Fire Department (559) 784-1590.
All travelers in the fire area should use extreme caution when driving. 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. 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 under a Forest Closure Order due to hazardous conditions from the Pier Fire.
Closure Order information and map are available on Inciweb
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. For current recreational information, please call the Western Divide Ranger District at Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.