On Tuesday night, the “all clear” was given by Contra Costa County Fire and shelter in places were lifted in Rodeo, Crockett and Hercules. Of of 9:44 pm, CHP said they all lanes of I-80 were open.
Contra Costa County tweeted out that the emergency is over due to the NuStar facility fire. However, Contra Costa County Fire stated Cummings Skyway between I80 and San Pablo Ave will remain closed for the NuStar incident command post throughout the night.
At 1:50 pm Tuesday, firefighters were dispatched to a refinery fire at Nu Star Facility in Crockett. The fire has also started several small vegetation fires in the area.
As of 2:25 pm, Contra Costa County issued a shelter in place.The fire has also started a vegetation fire.
CHP said they have shutdown I-80 from Highway 4 to the Carquinez Bridge due to the Refinery in Rodeo. Seek alternate routes if I-80 is your normal travel route
Shelter in Place for hazardous materials release at Nu Star facility in Crockett and Rodeo
There is a hazardous materials emergency in Crockett and Rodeo at the Nu Star facility. The danger will be much less indoors. Go inside, and close all windows and doors. Turn off all heaters, air conditioners, and fans. Unless you are using your fireplace, close your fireplace dampers and vents. Cover any cracks around doors or windows with tape or damp towels. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location. Remain sheltered indoors until you receive further official instructions. Stay off the phones and do not call 9 1 1 unless you have a life threatening emergency.
No other information was provided.
UPDATE via Contra Costa County (3:22 pm Update)
Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Responding to a Fire at NuStar Energy near Crockett
Contra Costa Hazardous Materials advises anyone living near the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed because of a fire.
Hazardous Materials received reports of the incident shortly before 2 p.m. Two large tanks are burning at the facility, which is at 90 San Pablo Ave.
Hazardous Materials staff and firefighters are on scene. Hazardous Materials staff are conducting air monitoring on site. Contra Costa County’s Community Warning System has been activated, including sirens in the area.
Residents of Crockett And Rodeo are advised to stay inside and shelter in place. Turn off all heaters, air conditioners, and fans. Unless you are using your fireplace, close your fireplace dampers and vents. Cover any cracks around doors or windows with tape or damp towels. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location.
Remain sheltered indoors until you receive further official instructions. Stay off the phones and do not call 911 unless you have a life threatening emergency.
At this time there is no known offsite impact, and no injuries have been reported.
One of tanks are believed to contain ethanol. The other is believed empty.
4:13 pm Update Per Contra Costa County Fire
90-minutes into this major fire in Crockett, three large tanks of ethynol are burning. Firefighters are attacking them with foam and water and using water to cool adjacent tanks that are not burning. Grassfires also burning in the area.
There are approximately 42 fire units at Nu Star incident from agencies around the Bay including- Contra Costa County Fire, Crockett Fire, Rodeo-Hercules Fire, Pinole Fire, Richmond Fire, CAL FIRE and the East Bay Regional Park District and overhead from the East Bay IMT.
4:22 pm Update
CALFIRE reporting #Nustarfire 90 San Pablo Ave, Crockett (Contra Costa County) Vegetation fire is 15 acres and 20% contained. CAL FIRE crews unable to make access to parts of the vegetation fire due to the proximity to the petroleum tanks.
5:50 pm Update
- CONFIRE confirms only 2-tanks burning, NOT 3. Defensive fire attack
- CHP says they expect I-80 to be closed til approximately midnight.
- The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality advisory for smoke east of Rodeo, along the Carquinez Strait. Smoke from the Nustar fire may potentially impact areas east of Rodeo, along the Carquinez Strait including but not limited to Benicia, Martinez, Bay Point, Pittsburg and areas to the East. This is based on current meteorological conditions which can change depending on the duration of the fire.