The Oakland Police Department has sent out an advisory urging residents of the North Oakland Hills to stay indoors and close all windows and doors and a large plume of smoke from Chevron’s Richmond Refinery headed towards the hills.
“The Chevron Oil Refinery fire has sent a large plume of smoke towards the North Oakland Hills,” the advisory read. “It is suggested to close all windows and doors. Turn off air conditioners. Bring in out door animals. At this time no further precautions are advised.”
The fire erupted at about 6:15 pm on Monday at the Richmond Refinery’s No. 4 Crude Unit. You can read the ongoing coverage of the fire and its aftermath, as well as see photos submitted by readers, at our sister publication, Richmond Confidential.org.