On December 16, 2016, around 11:37 a.m., the Kern County Fire Department received a call for a fire on Shell Street at San Joaquin Refinery.
Crews arrived on scene to find a silo of asphalt with smoke and fire showing. Quick efforts by on-scene
refinery personnel nearly contained the fire by the time fire crews arrived.
The use of the facility water monitor nozzles helped to cool and contain the fire. Upon arrival, fire crews pulled a hose line and finished extinguishing the areas that the monitors couldn't reach.
California Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control. According to a viewer, streets were blocked off as a precautionary measures and nearby workplaces were told not to leave the premises.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. The total property value lost was $150,000.