HAZMAT Incidents / Thursday, May 13 @ 2:19 p.m.

Vapor, Petroleum Incident in Unincorporated County Area Humboldt

A new hazardous materials incident involving petroleum has been reported to the California Office of Emergency Services.

According to a report published by the office, the incident took place at or near a private property in Unincorporated county area Humboldt at around 11 p.m. yesterday.

About 4,000 gallons of a substance described as “diesel” were released to the environment, according to the person who called in the report.

Here’s the description of the incident that was recorded by the Office of Emergency Services:

****Potential Release****

RP states that there was a fire in the area of (2) 2,000 gallon diesel tanks. One of the tanks is empty and it is unknown if the fuel was burned in the fire or it was released. The second tank still contains unknown amount of product and may contain additional water from fire fighting efforts. There is a metal secondary containment around the fuel tanks yet it may be compromised due to the fire. It is also stated that the propane tank may be releasing propane from a damaged valve and into the atmosphere. It is also unknown if any waterways have been impacted.

This was the fifth hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Unincorporated county area Humboldt area this year and the 22nd petroleum spill in the county overall.


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