Benicia port fire could last for days

Benicia port fire could last for days

A four-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia on Saturday near the Amports docks, prompting fire crews to race into action and up to 100 spectators to come out and watch the dark plumes of smoke lick the sky.

The fire was reported at 1279 Bayshore Road about 2:30 pm There was no immediate word on what caused the fire.

Despite the dramatic scene of the fire, Benicia firefighters said that the wind conditions late afternoon were “favourable.” No structures have burned, and there was no health threat to the public, the firefighters said.

Still, it could take days for the fire to burn itself out, according to authorities.

The Port of Benicia is located at the head of San Francisco Bay. SSA Marine provides contract stewarding for auto vessels at the privately operated port.

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The orange flames and dark smoke clouds could be seen throughout the East Bay.

Bill Goodyear, who lives nearby, said it’s the largest fire he’s seen there in 12 years.

He said that a boat at the port had caught on fire earlier and firefighters had put it out. Later, a bigger fire raced through the port, and Goodyear suspected that embers from the first fire must have not all been put out.

About 100 people had come out to see the blaze, but Goodyear said that the police had “shooed them all away.”

The fire drew a heavy response and mutual aid from Vallejo, Contra Costa County Fairfield, Valero, Cordelia and American Canyon fire departments, as well as fire boats from Oakland, San Francisco and the Naval Weapons Station in Concord.

Forecasters warned of weekend fire danger in parts of Northern California driven by gusty winds and very low humidity.

The strongest winds were expected near San Francisco, with tastes of 60 mph possible in mountains north and east of the city, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Red flag warnings for elevated fire risk are in effect through 5 pm Sunday.

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

Benicia Port fire, courtesy of Benicia fire department.

A 4-alarm fire ripped through the port of Benicia. April 9, 2022

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