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A huge Refinery near Oakland California capable of producing 240,000 barrels a day burns early Monday Morning…Residents have been urged to stay inside, and the area is being evacuated.A Level 3 Hazmat emergency has been declared…developing…Starting at the Chevron refinery shortly before 5:30 a.m. a shelter-in-place order has been issued, authorities said.
The countywide warning system was activated, a dispatcher with the county’s hazardous materials department said.
The fire may cause eye, skin, nose or respiratory irritation in the community. To shelter in place, West County residents should pick a windowless interior room, turn off fans and heating and air-conditioning systems and keep a radio, television or computer on for updates.
Toll operators from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have been cleared from booths, the Highway Patrol said. Toll gates will be left open; drivers in the area are advised to use caution, including turning off ventilation and close windows as they pass through.
No immediate word was available on injuries.
Commuters who use the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge got an unexpected benefit from the fire. Toll takers were told to shelter in place and stopped taking tolls for part of the morning commute.