Bay Area Air Quality Management District Responds to Scrap Metal Fire in Richmond
(by Dave Brooksher) – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District still has personnel at the scene of a fire that burned a pile of scrap metal and other material at a business in Richmond early Tuesday evening, air district officials said late this morning.
The fire was first reported at 5:08 p.m. at Sims Metal Management located at 600 S. Fourth St., where a 20-foot pile of scrap metal caught fire, according to Richmond fire officials.
The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Incident Response Team and air district personnel also responded to the scene, providing first responders with public complaint records and information about what to expect from the weather.
The fire generated heavy smoke that lingered in the area due to low winds, and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place with their doors and windows closed because of air quality problems.
District personnel monitoring on-site air quality found high levels of particulate matter from burning metal and plastic.
The fire remains under investigation.