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Press Release: Chevron Fire Information for Berkeley Residents

From Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, City of Berkeley Information Officer
Monday August 06, 2012 - 11:39:00 PM

There is a fire at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond. There is a shelter-in-place order for Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo. 

There is currently no shelter-in-place order for Berkeley. Berkeley’s Public Health and Toxic’s Divisions recommend that people who smell smoke, even if not in a shelter-in-place area, should stay inside with windows and doors closed, and air conditioners turned off. This is especially important for people with respiratory conditions. Concerned residents may want to follow the same precautions overnight tonight, even without smelling smoke. 

All residents are advised to avoid the shelter-in-place areas until the shelter-in-place advisory is lifted. Smoke can cause eye, throat, and respiratory irritation and can aggravate breathing problems such as asthma. Anyone experiencing acute respiratory symptoms should seek medical attention promptly. 

More information is available at: 

Contra Costa County health department: 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: 

Shelter-in-Place instructions: