By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN
SPRINGVILLE – The Pier Fire that ravaged dry brush and mountainside unabated for a week is now well under control. Burning through 20,529 acres in its first seven days, crews managed to stop its spread allowing only 9,861 acres since making the total 30,390 as of Tuesday.
Crews have been working hard to contain the spread adding 5% containment daily, while also taking advantage of cooler weather last week. As of Tuesday, Sept. 12 the National Park Service reported that the fire was 60% contained. There are currently 34 crews, eight helicopters, 123 engines, 18 dozers and 15 water tenders trying to further contain the spread.
According to a national park service report issued on Tuesday, firing operations will continue today along the 2¼ Road south toward Pine Flat Road on the Tule River Indian Reservation.
“Firefighters will also be conducting a firing operation along Cow Mountain Road. Smoke and fire will likely be visible within containment lines as interior pockets of vegetation continue to burn. The rain that fell on the fire last night was concentrated primarily on the eastern edge of the fire, and didn’t hamper any burning operations on the southern edge,” the report read.
Communities, Sequoia Crest, Mountain Aire, Rogers Camp, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, Camp Nelson, Doyle Springs, Alpine Village and Wishon are still under mandatory evacuation mode. However voluntary evacuation orders for Springville, Balch Park Road, Bear Creek Road, Mountain Home State Forest, Upper Rio Vista and Cow Mountain (Springville) were lifted last week on Sept. 6.
The national park service did write in their daily report that 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 and Highway 190 north of Ponderosa is closed at Forest Road 21S50 to westbound traffic will continue to be closed.
The cause of the fire continues to be under investigation, but it has been determined that it was human caused.