Investigators are trying to determine if Monday's 4.5 magnitude earthquake in the Bay Area is linked to the explosion and fire at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett. All operations have been suspended and shipments halted at the facility today.
One Chevron firefighter was injured battling the blaze. He was treated and is expected be ok, according to officials.
Firefighters remain at the scene to monitor flare-ups. They are keeping foam blankets over the area of the tanks that burned.
Crews have concerns about the structural integrity of a tank adjacent to the ones that burned in the fire, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill.
After a seven-hour battle, firefighters contained the blaze at the energy facility last night. Two tanks, one of which collapsed, caught fire sending large plumes of black smoke into the air that could be seen in the area and in other parts of the Bay Area. The fire broke out before 2 p.m. yesterday.
KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Los Angeles fire officials released a map Tuesday showing how the Saddleridge Fire tore its way across the northern San Fernando Valley, consuming homes and vegetation.
Authorities now say the blaze damaged 88 structures — up from 58 on Monday — and destroyed another 19 as it seared across Sylmar, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.
The revised structure numbers appeared to be the result of more thorough surveying, since firefighters said the flames gained no acreage Tuesday.
As of Tuesday night, the fire had burned through nearly 8,400 acres — about 13 square miles — and was 46% contained.
The new map shows the flames’ progress between Thursday night and Monday morning.
About 1,000 crew members remain assigned to the firefight.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
While the concern for wildfires is always prevalent in Northern California, the city of Auburn is taking a major preventative step.
"Our entire city is really exposed to a devastating fire, and we want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of our community burning," said Auburn Fire Chief Dave Spencer.
On Monday night, City Council voted unanimously to designate the city of Auburn a wildland urban interface area. This means that all new construction will have to adhere to wildfire preparedness codes.
"We're already at risk and exposed just from where we sit alone. And this, by bringing this code forward, really reinforces that we're doing everything we can to protect our community," stated Chief Spencer. "Based on the number of fires that we've had the last 50 years, [and] based on the topography and weather events - it's not about if it will happen; it's when it will happen."
KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
Fire crews held their ground over the Briceburg Fire overnight and gained more containment over the flames.
Wednesday, CAL FIRE reported the fire is now at 5,563 acres and 90 percent contained. At this time, more than 400 firefighters are working to control the blaze.
Highway 140 reopened at 6 p.m. Sunday. Since crews are still working in the area, authorities are reminding drivers to be cautious and aware of possible debris in the roadway.
One structure has been destroyed.
The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office says all mandatory evacuations and fire advisements were lifted at 1 p.m. Friday.
It is still unclear what sparked the fire, which is burning near the area of last year's devastating Ferguson Fire.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Acknowledging that a cultural shift is necessary, and encouraged by the firefighters union, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District has instituted a peer support group to help suppression personnel deal with the unique struggles and traumas they experience on the job.
"Firefighters are human and not immune to things they see in their career," said Anthony Stephens, MOFD firefighter and executive vice president of United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230. Firefighters deal with potential life endangering emergency calls daily, and witness things that a local firefighter once said "people should never see." The peer support program is a concerted effort on the part of the membership to look out for one another.
Stephens said that in addition to taking care of each other on the local level, the aim of the support program is to eliminate the stigma of asking for help in the first place.
Officials are investigating a suspicious fire at an abandoned concrete plant in Cloverdale early Monday morning.
Authorities received reports of a fire on Levee Road between Crocker and Berti Winery roads about 6:10 a.m., said Cloverdale Fire Battalion Chief Rick Blackmon. Blackmon said the fire appeared to have started in a camp trailer that was parked up against the building, which is owned by Shamrock Materials but hasn’t been in operation for years. The fire spread to the building, and firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 30 minutes.
While the cause of the fire is under investigation, Blackmon called it “suspicious” because the area is abandoned and has no power. Blackmon said it appears that someone left the trailer in the area, but didn’t know who owned it.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat