Forest Closure Order Modified = Access to the GTW is back!

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Clipped map from Forest Order

An updated Forest Order now allows for access to the western side of the Golden Trout Wilderness. Users can now access trails like the Summit, Long Meadow, Clicks Creek, and Lewis Camp trailheads. Check out the Forest Order for more information. Perfect timing for the start of the fall backpacking season. However, some of the lower elevation trails are still closed such as the Jacobson Trail. Study the map carefully and call the Western Divide Ranger District office (559-539-2607 x0) for questions.

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire at 95% Containment

Pier Fire Update

September 18, 2017

Pier Fire Information: (559) 559-539-2607 ext. 2292, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Size: 36,556 acres
Fire Start:
 August 29, 2017

Containment: 95% 
Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Total Personnel: 450
Cause:
 Human caused, under investigation

Resources: Crews 10, Helicopters 3, Engines 19, Dozers 6, Water Tenders 10, 1 Air Attack

Fire Summary: Weather was favorable over the past few days to allow firefighters to complete the necessary firing operation along the southern perimeter of the fire on the Tule River Indian Reservation. Over the next few days, work will continue to secure the southern perimeter line, mop up hot spots, and continue efforts on fire suppression repair.

Hand crews will be working to secure that five percent of uncontained line near Pierpoint Springs. The steep and rugged terrain along the south side of the Tule River makes access nearly impossible. Efforts will be made to put out remaining hot spots and continue to secure that edge. The majority of active fire will be well within containment lines, residual smoke from this location will be visible to local residents. The escape potential is low.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, under the command of Mike Minton, would like to thank cooperators and community members for their support throughout the fire-suppression effort. Today, a local Type 3 team from the Sequoia National Forest and Tule River Indian Reservation assumed command of the Pier Fire. Numbers of personnel will continue to decrease as full containment is reached. 

Effective at 10 a.m. today, Tulare County officials lifted all evacuation orders for the Pier Fire, Highway 190 is now open to traffic…

Officials lifted 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.

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 visit www.tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies.

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.

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed (Closure Order No. 0513-17-34, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/.

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Wildfire Update: Pier 85% Contained!

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Map from InciWeb

The Pier Fire is now over 36,000 acres. Most of the active fire is burning to the south in the Tule River Indian Reservation. Further details can be read below.

Pier Fire Information: 916-203-7438, 7 a.m.– 9 p.m.

pierfireinfo@gmail.com

Evacuations & Road Closures: 559-636-5496, 24-hr recording

Size: 36,556 acres

Fire Start: August 29, 2017

Containment: 85%

Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Total Personnel: 1,339

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Resources: Crews 28, Helicopters 7, Engines 85, Dozers 12, Water Tenders 12

Fire Summary: Weather was favorable yesterday, supporting the successful firing operation on the ridge above Blue Canyon to the dozer lines east of the 2¼ Road within the Tule River Indian Reservation. The final containment line is now complete between these two points. The majority of active fire will be well within containment lines and residual smoke from this location will be visible to local residents. The escape potential is low, with overall containment at 85 percent.

The spot fire on the east side near Pierpoint Springs is still being monitored by firefighters. Ground fuels continue to burn within contingency lines, removing future potential of ignition.

A portion of Highway 190 between County Road 208 and Pierpoint Springs remains closed. The incident management team and cooperators are aware that it is a burden to residents and travelers; however, the road will remain closed until safer travel is attainable. The current hazards that keep Highway 190 closed are being evaluated daily. Once hazards within our control are mitigated, the road will be opened. Once it is opened, continue to use caution.

Crews continue to identify and cut hazard trees and remove debris from roadways. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up containment lines. Anticipate smoke throughout the interior and perimeter of the fire for an extended period of time due to pockets of unburned vegetation.

Backhauling of excess firehose and equipment is being carried out. Fire engines and heavy equipment are large, slow, and often stop in locations unusual to normal traffic flow. Drive with caution.

Whenever a fire such as this takes place in a community, there are significant effects. One of those effects is the use of constructed fireline. Constructed fireline is when terrain is scraped down to mineral soil by firefighters using hand tools or bulldozers, making a fire break between burned and unburned fuels. When fire suppression is finished, it the practice of the fire service to repair fireline back to its original state. More than 170 miles of roads and fireline surround the Pier Fire.
Fifty of those miles have been repaired. There will be a presence of heavy equipment and trailers around the perimeter of this fire over an extended period as repair work continues.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, under the command of Mike Minton, would like to thank cooperators and community members for their support throughout the fire-suppression effort. Tomorrow at 6 a.m. the team will transfer command of the Pier Fire to a local Type 3 team from the Sequoia National Forest and the Tule River Indian Reservation. The incident command post will remain at Porterville Fairgrounds.

Weather: Mostly sunny with the highs between 75-84 below 3,000 feet and between 65-74 in higher elevations. Minimum relative humidity will be between 25-35% below 3,000 feet and 42-52% above 3,000 feet. Downslope winds will be between 1-4 mph through 8 a.m., becoming upslope/upcanyon at 3-6 mph with gusts up to 12 mph after 12 p.m. Ridgetop winds west to northwest at 3-6 mph.

Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations will remain in place for residence in the communities listed below. Returning residents MUST show proof of residency to posted law enforcement to gain access. Examples of accepted documentation are as follows: driver’s license with residency address, utility bill with name and residency address, or PO Box documentation from the U.S. Post Office. The following communities are under voluntary evacuation: Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope, Doyle Springs, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Sequoia Crest, and Wishon. Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed (Closure Order No. 0513-17-34, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/. CAL FIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained; recreationalists should plan ahead.

Road Closures:

  • Highway 190 is closed to ALL public between County Road 208 and Pierpoint Springs.
  • Highway 190 between Upper Rio Vista Road and County Road 208 is a hard closure for nonresidents and a soft closure for residents with photo ID and proof of residency.
  • Highway 190 between Pierpoint Springs and Ponderosa is a hard closure for nonresidents and a soft closure for residents with photo ID and proof of residency.
  • Residents returning to Doyle Springs and Wishon are able to access Highway 190 at Upper Rio Vista and continue along County Road 208. All other residents must use the Western Divide Highway through Pondersoa to access the area. Residents must show proof of residency to law enforcement located at Upper Rio Vista Road and at Forest Road 21S50.

Smoke:

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire at 30,000+ Acres

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Photo from InciWeb

The Pier Fire is now at 60% containment. The size of the fire is approximately 30,571 acres. Road closures are still in place too. Here is the latest on the fire.

Firing operations were delayed due to recent thunderstorm activity that brought erratic winds and brief showers to some areas of the fire. Despite weather conditions, firefighters were able to hold the fire within the current perimeter. Crews continue to identify and address hazard trees and debris in Rogers Camp, Mountain Aire, as well as between Mahogany Flat and Pierpoint Springs on Highway 190.

Fire suppression repair continues along dozer lines on the northern perimeter of the fire. Crews continue to mop-up and patrol fireline on the eastern edge near Camp Nelson. The 6 acre spot fire near Pierpoint Springs on the south side of Highway 190 is being monitored and crews are making progress utilizing existing dozer lines to secure it.

Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up containment line along Forest Road 21S94 between Coy Flat Campground and Rogers Camp. Anticipate increased smoke on the eastern perimeter of the fire due to interior pockets of vegetation burning.

Firefighters will continue firing operations along the 2¼ Road south toward Pine Flat Road on the Tule River Indian Reservation when conditions allow. Smoke and fire may be visible from firing operations once they commence, as well as from interior pockets of vegetation.

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Officials Downgrade Evac Orders for Communities Impacted by the Pier Fire

Effective 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017, officials will downgrade evacuation orders from mandatory to voluntary for the following communities: Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope, Doyle Springs, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Sequoia Crest and Wishon.

Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: mandatory and voluntary. Residents may return to communities under a voluntary evacuation; however, conditions may change in the next 36 hours, causing officials to re-issue mandatory status if necessary.

Only property owners and residents are permitted to return at this time. Returning residents MUST show proof of residency to posted law enforcement to gain access. Proper documentation must include the resident name and residency address within the impacted area. Examples include driver’s license with residency address, utility bill that includes resident name and residency address, or address documentation from the U.S. Post Office for those that utilize a post office box.

Residents returning to Doyle Springs and Wishon are able to access Highway 190 at Upper Rio Vista and continue along County Road 208. All other residents must use the Western Divide Highway through Pondersoa to access the area. Residents must show proof of residency to law enforcement located at Upper Rio Vista Road and at Forest Road 21S50.

A portion of Highway 190 will remained CLOSED to all traffic from the Tule Power House to Pierpoint Springs.

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 visit www.tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies.

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.

Dumpsters will be available for residents to dispose of any spoiled food, trash or debris at Camp Nelson Fire Station, located at 1500 Nelson Drive. Dumpsters will be available September 14 – September 17. The American Red Cross will be also be posted at the Camp Nelson Fire Station providing assistance in supplying clean-up materials (shovels, rakes, etc.) for residents from September 15 – September 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

For further information, please contact (559) 636-5496.

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Trip Report: Coyote Lakes

Photo from Chuck Stokke

Earlier this month local fisherman Chuck Stokke visit Coyote Lakes. Based on the photo above I would say it was a success. Here is what he had to say about his trip.

Recent pack trip into Coyote Lakes with Steve and Brogan Day of the GTWP. 9 hours in with the trail in pretty good shape however just after burnt corral meadow the trail was in poor condition due to fallen dead trees and the trail was hard to find . After that section the trail was in good shape. Notice the Pier Fire view from Top of the World. The fishing was excellent in both lakes!! The biggest Eastern Trout caught was 18 inches ! It was a trip of a lifetime.

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire at 55% Containment!

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Photo from InciWeb

The Pier Fire is now at 55% containment. The size has grown to 26,748 acres. Some suppression repair is occurring to minimize erosion issues and impacts to potential cultural and natural resources. Roads are still closed, so plan your fall trip into the western side of the Golden Trout Wilderness according. Below is the latest official news from InciWeb.

Pier Fire Information: 916-203-7438, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tulare Co. EOC: 559-623-0200 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Email: pierfireinfo@gmail.com

Size: 26,748 acres

Fire Start: August 29, 2017

Containment: 55 percent

Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Total Personnel: 1,819

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Resources: Crews 35, Helicopters 8, Engines 138, Dozers 22, Water Tenders 14

Yesterdays public meeting was livestreamed on Facebook, watch the meeting on TC Facebook filmed by Tulare County Fire Department. An evening update will no longer be distributed, expect a morning update by 9 a.m.

Fire Summary: Last night, firefighters patrolled and mopped up along the containment lines on the western and northern portions of the fire. Firing operations will continue today from Rogers Camp towards Coy Flat to widen the perimeter line to keep fire from moving past it. Additional reinforcement and firing will continue today in those areas.

Firefighters will continue to prepare and improve line on the south edge of the fire on the Tule River Indian Reservation in preparation for a firing operation. Some ignition began in the Blue Canyon area. When conditions are right, fire will be carried across to tie in with the perimeter lines near Solo Peak and Rogers Camp.

Fire suppression repair (impacts directly caused by firefighting efforts or activity) continues on the western and northern portions of the fire. This work will be done along those contained lines at the same time as firing and suppression efforts occur along the east and south perimeters. Watch a video on the SQF facebook page of Incident Commander Mike Minton, or Operations Chief Keith Gurrola as they describe the strategy for continuing firing operations near Camp Nelson and on the Tule River Indian Reservation.

Evacuations: Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory. Mandatory evacuations are issued when the fire poses an imminent threat to life and property. There are currently no voluntary evacuations. Mandatory: Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, Camp Nelson, Doyle Springs, Alpine Village, Wishon

Evacuation Center: As of 8 pm Friday evening the Red Cross shelter in Porterville was closed, there were no longer any evacuees that were sheltered at that location. They are equipped to reopen if needed. For additional assistance, please contact Red Cross at 661-324-6427 ext. 6510.

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed (Closure Order No. 0513-17-34, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/. CAL FIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained; recreationists should plan ahead.

Hard Road Closures: The following roads are closed to all traffic:

Cow Mountain Road at its intersection with Rio Vista Road.

Highway 190 east of Springville is closed at Upper Rio Vista Road to eastbound traffic.

Highway 190 north of Ponderosa is closed at Forest Road 21S50 to westbound traffic.

Smoke: Information for the levels of smoke in communities affected by the Pier Fire; http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Pier#Main

People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire at 25%

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The Pier Fire is now at 25% containment. Voluntary evacuations have been lifted from Ponderosa too. However, road closures are still in place. The official announcement is below.

Pier Fire Information: (916) 203-7438 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Email: pierfireinfo@gmail.com

Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Tulare Co. EOC 559-623-0200 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (Evacuations)

Size: 20,864 Percent Contained: 25%

Fire Start: August 29, 2017

Location: Highway 190, east of Springville

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Total Personnel: 1,689 Injuries: 5 minor injuries Resources: 32 Crews, 8 Helicopters, 118 Engines, 21 Dozers, 13 Water Tenders

Fire Summary: It was a productive day on the northwestern side of the fire south of Bear Creek Road where crews mopped up firelines. Near Wishon, on the fire’s north side, firefighters continued to improve direct fireline along the Fox Farm Road (FR 20S03). The fire west of Sequoia Crest was held and is not significantly active. Crews continue to patrol dozer lines and firelines between Sequoia Crest and Alpine Village, immediately extinguishing hot spots as they find them.

The operational priority for crews today was the fire’s east side which was the most active area of the fire from Alpine Village to Rogers Camp. Efforts to complete the dozer line were hampered by increased fire behavior. Fire managers are planning a safer location to establish as contingency lines, then fire out unburned fuel between it and the main fire when conditions allow. Air tankers were utilized today to cool the edge, but it was still to hot to place personnel on the ground in this decadent brush.

In the Tule River Indian Reservation firefighters used existing roads as contingency lines to limit the fire’s spread southward. On the southwest side of the fire, ground crews began conducting firing operations in the grass and oak woodlands east of Springville. They ignited vegetation using drip torches and aerial ignition (http://bit.ly/2f3giXd). Residents will continue to observe flames and smoke looking up at Black Mountain as a result until the main fire is tied into contingency lines. The firing operation is being done in such a way to limit fire intensity, a strategy that was well planned over the past few days.

Evacuations: Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: mandatory and voluntary. Mandatory evacuations are issued when the fire poses an imminent threat to life and property. Voluntary evacuations means residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should fire conditions worsen.

Mandatory: Upper Rio Vista, Cow Mountain (Springville area), Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, Camp Nelson, Doyle Springs, Alpine Village, Wishon

Voluntary: Springville, Residences along Balch Park Road (County J37) north of Highway 190 to Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Road (County 220) east of Balch Park Road, SCICON, Mountain Home Conservation Camp.

Evacuation Center: Porterville College Student Center, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville. Call 661-324-6427 (weekdays) or 800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) Provide food, shelter, arrange for animal care, and other basic needs for evacuees.

Road Closures:

Closed to all traffic: Highway 190, east of Springville where it intersects with Balch Park Road. Western Divide Highway/HWY 190, west of Ponderosa, west of and including the North Road (FR 21S50).

Open only to residents (with proof of residency) Balch Park Road from the intersection of HWY 190 to Yokohl Valley Road.

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest closure includes trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire: Closure Order No. 0513-17-34 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/ CAL FIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Please keep in mind, suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained, recreationists should plan ahead.

Smoke: Information for the levels of smoke in communities affected by the Pier Fire; http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Pier#Main

People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire Closures, Containment, and More

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Map from InciWeb

The Pier Fire is now at 20,529 acres with 15% containment. As the fire continues to grow, roads and trails are being closed by a Forest Order. As the fire continues to spread and public safety is a growing concern, roads and trails are being closed by a Forest Order. This will have an impact on access to the western side of the Golden Trout Wilderness at this time. Essentially, access to trailheads using, in part, Highway 190 are closed. The North Road is now closed as well. Users planning on entering the Golden Trout Wilderness via these routes should make other plans. Continue to read the official announcement below for details.

Pier Fire Information: (916) 203-7438 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Email: pierfireinfo@gmail.com Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. (Phones are not working, tech has been called)

Tulare Co. EOC 559-623-0200 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (Evacuations)

Size: 20,529

Percent Contained: 15%

Fire Start: August 29, 2017 Location: Highway 190, east of Springville Cause: Human caused, under investigation Total Personnel: 1,416 Injuries: 3 minor injuries Resources: 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 113 Engines, 21 Dozers, 13 Water Tenders

Today, officials downgraded evacuation orders for residents along Balch Park Road, Bear Creek area, Mountain Home State Forest, and SCICON area from mandatory to voluntary. All portions of Balch Park Road and Bear Creek Road will remain closed, however residents are able to enter showing proof of residency to posted law enforcement. Conditions may change in the next 36 hours for communities downgraded, causing officials to re-issue mandatory status if necessary. Returning residents should show caution, personal safety and be aware of possible debris and smoke inhalation.

The following communities remain under mandatory evacuation orders: Upper Rio Vista, Cow Mountain (Springville),Camp Nelson, Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire (Rogers Camp), Cedar Slope, Alpine, Doyle Springs, Wishon, and Pierpoint. The following communities remain under voluntary evacuation: Springville and Ponderosa.
For further information in regards to Pier Fire evacuation orders and road closures please call the Tulare County EOC 559-623-0200.

  • Evacuation Center: Porterville College Student Center, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville. Call 661-324-6427 (weekdays) or 800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) Provide food, shelter, arrange for animal care, and other basic needs for evacuees.

Fire Summary: There was no change in acres burned or containment today, information will be updated Wednesday morning.

On the western portion of the fire, just east of Balch Park Road, firefighters made good progress putting in direct fireline along the fires edge. The Fox Farm Road east of Wishon continues to be the northern perimeter line, keeping the fire south of Wishon Campground and the community of Doyle Springs.

Work continues to improve contingency lines near Sequoia Crest, where several spot fires have tested the fire lines. The focus is now on improving the contingency lines from Sequoia Crest to HWY 190. Firing will take place to tie in the uncontrolled edge of the fire to the established contingency lines once they are completed. This effort will help to secure that edge of the fire.

Yesterday’s active fire along Bateman Ridge from HWY 190 up to Rogers Camp will need a lot of work by firefighters to hold that edge of the fire today. Indirect fire lines will be put in place because the vegetation in this area hasn’t burned in over 100 years. It is not safe for firefighters to work on the edge of the fire in this thick vegetation. Structure protection is ongoing where necessary. Once complete, firing will need to begin to secure that edge of the fire.

When fuel and weather conditions are favorable, firing will begin on the south and southwest edges of the fire. This effort will tie in the active fires edge into the indirect lines that have been well established by crews over the past few days.
Watch a video, filmed at the Hayden Pass Fire Helibase in Colorado, to see one example of a tool used for firing out in steep terrain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iPNOw-oQgo

Road Closures:

Closed to all traffic: Highway 190, east of Springville where it intersects with Balch Park Road. Western Divide Highway/HWY 190, west of Ponderosa, west of and including the North Road (FR 21S50)

Open only to residents (with proof of residency) Balch Park Road from the intersection of HWY 190 to Yokohl Valley Road

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest closure includes trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire: Closure Order No. 0513-17-34 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/ CALFIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Please keep in mind, suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained, recreationists should plan ahead.

Smoke: Information for the levels of smoke in communities affected by the Pier Fire; http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Pier#Main

People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm

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Wildfire Update: Pier Fire at 10% Containment

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The Pier Fire had some small growth today. The fire is now at 17,980 acres. Good news is the fire went fro 0% to 10% containment. Here is the official news release from InciWeb.

Pier Fire Information: (916) 203-7438 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Email: pierfireinfo@gmail.com Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Tulare Co. EOC 559-623-0200 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (Evacuations)

Size: 17,980 Percent Contained: 10% Fire Start: August 29, 2017 Location: Highway 190, east of Springville Cause: Human caused, under investigation Total Personnel: 1,416 Injuries: 3 minor injuries Resources: 30 Crews, 6 Helicopters, 113 Engines, 21 Dozers, 13 Water Tenders

Special Announcement:

Residents affected by the Pier Fire are encouraged to attend a follow-up community meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at Porterville College located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Student Center.

Fire Summary: On the western portion of the fire, south of SCICON and east of Balch Park Road, significant progress was achieved as firefighters were able to go direct along the fires edge. With additional dozer work, continued improvement of the fireline is anticipated.

On the northern portion of the fire, in the Wishon area, the fire is being successfully backed down towards the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Tule River. There was a twenty-acre spot fire near the 20S12 road which was successfully lined utilizing helicopter water drops.

In the area of Rodgers Camp, the fire gained strength becoming very active as it moved aggressively and bumped into Bateman Ridge. This resulted in a significant air operation to secure control lines in this area of the fire. Much of the southern and lower western edge of the fire has been prepared and reinforced for potential burning operations once favorable conditions return.

Evacuations: Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: mandatory and voluntary. Mandatory evacuations are issued when the fire poses an imminent threat to life and property. Voluntary evacuations means residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should fire conditions worsen.

  • Mandatory: Residences along Balch Park Road (County J37) north of Highway 190 to Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Road (County 220) east of Balch Park Road, Scicon, Mountain Home Conservation Camp, Upper Rio Vista, Cow Mountain (Springville area), Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, Camp Nelson, Doyle Springs, Alpine Village, Wishon
  • Voluntary: Springville, Ponderosa
  • Evacuation Center: Porterville College Student Center, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville. Call 661-324-6427 (weekdays) or 800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) Provide food, shelter, arrange for animal care, and other basic needs for evacuees.

Road Closures:

Closed to all traffic: Highway 190, east of Springville where it intersects with Balch Park Road. Western Divide Highway/HWY 190, west of Ponderosa, west of and including the North Road (FR 21S50) Balch Park Road is closed from the intersection of HWY 190 to Bear Creek Road.

Open only to residents (with proof of residency) Balch Park Road (J37) from Yokohl Valley Road to Bear Creek Road.

Area Closures: Sequoia National Forest closure includes trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire: Closure Order No. 0513-17-34 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/ CALFIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest, and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. All areas are closed until the fire is brought under control. Please keep in mind, suppression repair work will take additional time after the fire is contained, recreationists should plan ahead.

Smoke: Information for the levels of smoke in communities affected by the Pier Fire; http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Pier#Main

People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm

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