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Update: Fire at Sims Metal is Second in Six Years

Smoke from Sunday's fire was trapped close to the ground because of an inversion layer, in which the temperature increases at higher elevation instead of the other way around.

Fire at Sims Metal Management in Redwood City has prompted air quality advisories in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties  Photo: Jorge Barreal
Fire at Sims Metal Management in Redwood City has prompted air quality advisories in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties Photo: Jorge Barreal
Update Monday 1:15 p.m.

By Bay City News

A fire at a Redwood City metal shredding facility was extinguished this morning and shelter-in-place orders were lifted.
           
The fire was reported around 1:20 p.m. Sunday at Sims Metal Management at 699 Seaport Blvd.
           
An outdoor pile of scrap recyclables was burning at the facility, where car parts and metal pieces are shredded.
           
The fire was controlled around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and was extinguished at 6:10 a.m. today, a fire dispatcher said.
           
The smoke created by the fire prompted authorities to issue health advisories for residents in southern San Mateo County, parts of Santa Clara County and southern Alameda County.
           
Alerts issued by the Redwood City and Palo Alto fire departments advised residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.
           
The advisory was lifted around 6:20 a.m., Palo Alto police said.
           
Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokeswoman Lisa Fasano said there were high levels of particulate matter in the atmosphere on Sunday, but that those levels have "dropped significantly" today.
           
She said that on Sunday, the smoke was trapped close to the ground because of an inversion layer, a weather occurrence in which temperature increases with elevation rather than the other way around.
           
In April 2007, another scrap fire occurred at the same facility, and a follow-up report by the air district found that high levels of chemicals, such as benzene and styrene, had been released.
           
Personnel from the air quality district are at the site of the fire today to investigate the effects of this fire.
           
"They are assessing the situation," she said.

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Update: Monday 8:00 a.m.


According to a media release sent out by the City of Redwood City Monday morning, fire department fully extinguished a 2-alarm fire at Sims Metal - a metal recycling facility located at 699 Seaport Boulevard in Redwood City, 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

There are no known injuries or fatalities.   

The air quality alert/advisory has been lifted for residents living in south San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and south Alameda County. Seaport Boulevard has also been opened.  
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Update: Sunday 9:00 p.m.

By Bay City News

A fire at a scrap metal recycling facility near the Port of Redwood City is under control, but firefighters remain on scene trying to fully extinguish it, officials said this evening.
           
While the fire at Sims Metal Management at 699 Seaport Boulevard 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.
           
Residents in those areas and anyone who can see or smell smoke should stay indoors, close their windows and turn off any systems that circulate outside air, emergency officials said.
           
The smoke has been blowing in a southwesterly direction, according to Palo Alto fire officials.
           
The one-alarm fire was reported at about 1:20 p.m., a San Mateo County fire dispatcher said. It is burning in an outdoor pile of scrap recyclables.
           
The fire is also sending smoke drifting over U.S. Highway 101, according to the CHP.
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Update: Sunday 6:20 p.m.

By Bay City News

A fire at a metal recycling facility near the Port of Redwood City that is sending up a large plume of black smoke continues to burn this evening, according to fire officials.
           
Residents in southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County who can smell or see smoke should stay indoors, close their windows and turn off any systems that circulate outside air, emergency officials said.
           
The smoke is blowing in a southwesterly direction, according to Palo Alto fire 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.
           
The one-alarm fire was burning in an outdoor pile of scrap recyclables, the dispatcher said.
           
The fire is also sending smoke drifting over U.S. Highway 101, according to the CHP.

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Update: Sunday 5:50

The metal debris fire continues to burn at the Sims Metal Management, located in the 600 block of Seaport Road.  San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services is asking anyone who smells smoke to shelter in place.

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Original story: Sunday 4:30 p.m.

By Bay City News

           
Firefighters were responding to a fire burning at a metal recycling facility near the Port of Redwood City this afternoon, a dispatcher said.
           
The fire was reported at about 1:20 p.m. at Sims Metal Management, located in the 600 block of Seaport Road, the dispatcher said.
           
The one-alarm fire was burning in an outdoor pile of scrap recyclables, the dispatcher said.
           
No injuries have been reported, though heavy smoke could be seen coming from the facility.
           
The fire could take as long as three hours to be fully extinguished, the dispatcher said.
           
No evacuations were necessary, but residents in the area who smelled smoke were being advised to stay inside.

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Columba Rodriguez November 11, 2013 at 03:14 AM
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Columba Rodriguez November 11, 2013 at 03:15 AM
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Columba Rodriguez November 11, 2013 at 03:33 AM
I cannot close the windows of mi house because windows are broken!! We live here in the poor area of rwc,i hope you can come here and.see in what conditions we live specially when this.area gets flowed!!
John Ward November 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Why does Sims keep getting away with toxic fires? Sims had a similar fire at the Port of Redwood city on April 8, 2007 that caused a Shelter In Place. Sims also had a fire in their scrap recycling facility in Jersey City New Jersey on August 20, 2013. Hopefully this is not the cheapest way to get rid of the non metallic portions of the vehicles that they shred.

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