A grass fire, which threatened to cause an explosion in a subterranean chevron gas vault, forced the evacuation of 4,000 people at Bay Point on Wednesday night, and the crews continued to work the morning to spread the threat.
The initial grass fire started at 6 PM when an electric power line fell near a valve cross on the gas line, officials said. The fire was extinguished by Contra Costa County firefighters, but first responders returned an hour later after reporting that a broadcaster was lighting a fire in the vault.
Residents of 1,400 houses between Bailey Road and Loftus Lane south of the railway tracks and north of the Hanlon Way are under mandatory evacuation.
The fire concerns a 3/8-inch-wide gas pipeline leading to a 12-inch main, said Chevron project coordinator Cary Lages.
"We will clean the whole system (of natural gas) or this segment of the pipeline," said Lages.
There have been no reported injuries and there is currently no risk of explosion, officials said, adding that they hope the evacuation order was lifted late Thursday morning.
"We quickly realized that there was a high risk, so it was decided to escalate the incident, including the establishment of a half-mile evacuation zone," said Terence Carey, a backup fireman of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
Evacuees spent the night at Calvary Temple Church and Bay Point BART Station, but on Thursday morning, the Red Cross announced that BART station evacuees would be relocated to a new center open in Los Mediterranes College  SPREAD THE WORD – Red Cross volunteers have opened a second home for local residents at Los Medanos College (2700 E. Leland Rd., Pittsburgh), evacuated from Bay Point due to forest fires threatening a gas pipeline. #poinsettiaic
– Red Cross Bay Area (@RedCrossBayArea) October 18, 2018
Willow Cove Elementary School, which said Pittsburg University School District officials, was inside the evacuation zone, decided to close its doors
Der Contra Costa Fire Protection District twitterte um 02:23 Uhr, dass Arbeiter die Bay Point-Gasleitung entlüften, was ein "lautes, kreischendes Geräusch verursacht, das als ein jetmotorähnlicher Klang beschrieben wurde." Der Sound Das ist normal, sagten Beamte.
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Die Entlüftung der Bay Point-Gasleitung führt zu einem lauten, kreischenden Geräusch, das von der Chevron Pipeline Facility als jetmotorähnliches Geräusch beschrieben wird auf der Buchanan Road in Antiochia. Dies ist ein normaler Teil des Risikominderungsprozesses. Bitte rufen Sie nicht 911.
– Confire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) 18. Oktober 2018
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