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Fire at recycling plant causes large plume of black smoke
November 11, 2013, 05:00 AM Bay City News Service

ErIk OEVERNDIEK/DAILY JOURNAL
A scrap yard fire in Redwood City caused thick black smoke Sunday afternoon.

REDWOOD CITY — A fire at a scrap metal recycling facility near the Port of Redwood City is under control, but firefighters remain on remained on scene through the evening to fully extinguish it, officials said.

While the fire at Sims Metal Management at 699 Seaport Blvd. is not near any residential neighborhoods, the dark plume of smoke has triggered air quality advisories for residents in southern San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and southern Alameda County, according to Redwood City officials.The fire was reported at about 1:20 p.m. at Sims Metal Management, located in the 600 block of Seaport Road, a San Mateo County fire dispatcher said.

No evacuations were necessary, but residents in southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County who could smell or see smoke were told to stay indoors, close their windows and turn off any systems that circulate outside air, emergency officials said. The smoke was blowing in a southwesterly direction, according to Palo Alto fire officials.

The one-alarm fire was burning in an outdoor pile of scrap recyclables, the dispatcher said. The fire also sent smoke drifting over Highway 101, according to the CHP.

 

 

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