Benicia issues air quality advisory over vegetation fire smoke
Photo: Smoke from a large fire burning in Crockett drifts into Benicia and surrounding communities. (Aerial photo courtesy Brian Kennedy for Solano NewsNet)
The City of Benicia is urging those within certain sensitive groups to remain indoors due to wildfire smoke that is drifting into the community.
The majority of the smoke is coming from a 50-acre wildfire burning near Crockett, which is sending smoke into parts of Benicia. A two-alarm fire burning on the Valero refinery property is also generating smoke that can be seen from parts of the city.
“Due to poor air quality from wildfire smoke, people in sensitive groups such as those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children, and pregnant women should limit prolonged outdoor activities,” the City of Benicia said in a bulletin on Thursday.
City officials say residents should “consider keeping doors and windows closed and sealing large gaps as much as possible” to avoid wildfire smoke from coming into their homes. They also advise homeowners to use recirculated air in their homes and cars.
The Benicia Fire Department said there are no evacuation orders related to the fire on the Valero property.