Flaring at Valero refinery triggers evacuations in Benicia
Benicia police are advising anyone downwind of the Valero Refinery to evacuate the area due to flaring and smoke. (KGO-TV)
Bay City News
Updated 31 mins ago
BENICIA, Calif. -- Benicia police are advising anyone downwind of the Valero Refinery to evacuate the area due to a power outage that has caused flaring and smoke.
All other areas of the town are being advised to shelter-in-place due to the flaring.
The southbound I-680 off-ramp at Lake Herman has been closed.
At about 7:27 a.m., Benicia police announced via their Twitter account that the refinery was experiencing a power outage that resulted in flaring and smoke.
Roughly 20 minutes later, police advised anyone in businesses or homes downwind of the facility to evacuate the area.
First responders are at the scene.