Pier Fire grows 4,000 acres overnight
UPDATED: Saturday, September 3, 2017, 12:00 a.m. - The Pier Fire has now grown to 17,418 acres and is 0% contained at this time.
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 the 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.
UPDATED: Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:00 a.m. - The Pier Fire has now grown to 10,311 acres and is 0% contained at this time.
There is a new mandatory evacuations in place:
• Mandatory (NEW): 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
Friday, September 1, 2017 12:00 p.m. - The Pier Fire is moving west and may threaten the Springville area, so a voluntary evacuation has been ordered.
A voluntary evacuation means residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should conditions worsen.
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The wildfire known as the Pier Fire grew to nearly 6,800 acres overnight and has zero containment.
The fire that started on Tuesday is burning near Springville, which is northeast of Porterville in the Sequoia National Forest.
The National Park Service says the cause of the fire was "human caused" and is under investigation.
There are mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place.
- Mandatory: Pierpoint Springs, Wishon, Doyle Springs, Alpine, Sequoia Crest, Cedar Slope, Mountain Aire (Rogers Camp), and Camp Nelson
- Voluntary: Ponderosa - A voluntary evacuation means residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should conditions worsen.
All residents evacuating are advised to use eastbound Highway 190 to Mountain Road 107 (Western Divide Highway).
An evacuation center is located at Porterville College at the Student Conference Center, 100 E. College Ave. in Porterville.
Donations are needed, so please call 1-800 REDCROSS if you can help.
Areas that are closed are the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest (CALFIRE) and Balch Park in Tulare County.
Highway 190 is closed to eastbound traffic at Balch Park Road.
Mountain Road 107 (Western Divide Highway) is closed to westbound traffic at Fox Road in Ponderosa.
A soft closure, meaning a road is open to residents only, are set at Balch Park Road and Bear Creek Road; and Balch Park Road and Yokhol Valley Road.