HAZMAT Incidents / Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 1:10 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in Fortuna

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 residence in Fortuna at around 6 a.m. on Monday, March 14.

About 25 gallons of a substance described as “hydraulic fluid” 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:

RP stated that one of their vehicles drove over a utility box and the lid was not properly secured which caused the hydraulic fluid line to be snapped spilling 25 gallons of hydraulic fluid onto the pavement. Stated that it did not impact any storm drains or waterways and that once the truck noticed it was leaking they had drove half a mile spilling onto Loni St and Newberg St. Stated that the county health was on site inspecting the clean up that was performed by Recology.

This was the second hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Fortuna area this year and the 14th petroleum spill in the county overall.

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