The Pier Fire that started on Aug. 29 almost 100% contained, perimeter still being patrolled
By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN
SPRINGVILLE – Crews have worked diligently for three weeks to contain one of the most dangerous fires this summer. Approaching a number of structures, the Pier Fire burned through 20,529 acres in the first week and to date has been roughly stopped at 36,556 acres.
Fire personnel have managed to contain the fire to 95%, and, according to the National Park Service (NPS), crews are focusing on the area west of Pierpoint Springs where the fire continues to smolder on the south side of the Tule River. NPS also noted that active fire is expected to continue buring through unburned pockets of vegetation until winter rains fully extinguish them. The area is within the interior of the fire and the chance of flames escaping the perimeter is low.
NPS continues to caution travelers of potential hazards like falling rocks, fire-weakened trees, downed broken/burned tree limbs, and heavy equipment along roadways. They mentioned as well that travels should expect traffic delays along Highway 190 as Edison crews work to restore power to mountain communities.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it has been determined that it was human caused.
As of now resources currently be used on the fire include 14 crews, four helicopters, 26 engines, six bull dozers and 18 water tenders.
In the early days of the fire crews were unable to gain any containment. However, within a week they were able to expand the containment of the fire from 20% to 60%, and now 95%.