Porterville College

Pier Fire Update Sept 3

Pier Fire Update September 3 , 2017 


Fire Start: August 29, 2017 
Location: Highway 190, east of Springville Cause: Human caused, under investigation 

Pier Fire Information: 
(916) 203-7438 7a.m.- 9 p.m.
(559) 539-2607 ext. 2292, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tulare Co. EOC 559-623-0200 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Size: 17,418 acres  
Percent Contained: 0   
Total Personnel:1,268  
Resources: 26 crews, 9 helicopters, 87 engines 14 dozers, 11 water tenders 


Fire Summary:  Fire continued to burns actively through the night, primarily on the south side of the fire, growing approximately 4,000 acres. Different from the previous nights the fire was mainly driven by dry fuels and not strong down canyon winds. On the east side of the fire crews continued to contain a thirty-acre spot through the night. An additional spot was also discovered in the area of Redwood drive near Sequoia Crest, while over the containment lines the spot fire is surrounded by roads with no threat to structures. At this time no structures have been impacted, and crews continue to work diligently to improve and construct containment lines around the fire. Crews had success in the Balch Park area with construction of a dozer line and a burn operation to help contain the fire and protect structures near the northwest of the fire. 
Weather- A strong high pressure over the Great Basin combined with a low pressure off the southwest California coast will keep a persistent southeast moist flow moving over the fire area for the next few days. By late today tropical moisture will push into the region with shading, cooler temperatures and increasing humidity.  
Evacuations: Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory. A voluntary evacuation means residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should fire conditions worsen. Mandatory evacuations are issued when the fire poses an imminent threat to life and property.  

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
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, Ponderosa
Evacuation Center: Porterville College Student Center, 100 E. College Ave., Porterville. Call 661-324-6427 (weekdays) or 800-REDCROSS.
Area Closures: Today, the Sequoia National Forest issued Closure Order No. 0513-17-34 
(https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5548/39662/). Forest trails, roads, and lands around the Pier Fire are closed until the fire is declared out. CAL FIRE has closed Mountain Home State Forest and Tulare County has closed Balch Park. Both are closed until the fire is brought under control. 

Hard Road Closures: The following roads are closed to all traffic: 
  • Highway 190 east of Springville is closed south of Balch Park Road.
  • Highway 190 north of Ponderosa is closed at Forest Road 21S50.
  • Balch Park Road is closed at Bear Creek Road.
Soft Road Closures: The following roads are open only to residents with a photo ID:
  • Balch Park Road (County Road J37) at its junction with Yokhol Valley Road. 
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