Chevron refinery photo by askdzign, http://instagram.com/p/OAlmU0iV0X
August 7, 7 am: A fire that broke out at around 6:15 p.m. PDT on Aug 6 at Chevron Corp.'s ( CVX) crude distillation unit No. 4 is under a "controlled burn" and the unit is shut. The company declined to comment on the status of operations at other parts of the plant.A community forum will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium to discuss the fire.
10:00 PM--Fires are still burning at the Chevron plant in Richmond. Nigel Hearne, refinery manager told reporters that crews were trying to extinguish the blaze by using nitrogen steam to displace fuel in a processing unit. The column of black smoke, laden with hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, rose about 4,000 feet into the air during the evening, said Trisha Asuncion, a hazardous materials specialist with the Contra Costa County Health Department.
8:07: Toxic Chevron fire plume headed for North Oakland hills--civic alert. According to NBC news, "Chevron hasits own fire department with 60 firefighters, who are on site beating back flames. Surrounding local departments and hazardoues materials teams are also on site, helping out."
7:30 PM--Civil emergency message for Contra Costa Co, CA:
Residents in Richmond. North Richmond and San Pablo are advised to shelter in place. Go inside. Close All windows and doors. Turn off all heaters. Air conditioners and fans. If not using the fireplace. Close fireplace dampers and vents. And cover cracks around doors and windows with tape or damped towels. Media news networks will continue to carry updated emergency information. Stay Off the telephone unless you have a life threatening emergency.
An official with the Contra Costa County Health Services says the fire, first reported at 6:40 p.m. Monday, is burning in a process unit at the Chevron refinery.
More as this develops. ABC 7 News has live footage of the blaze in progress. BART is shut down at the Richmond station and BART service has stopped between Richmond and El Cerrito del Norte. See Google alert map here: