Crews are still battling a large refinery fire in California this evening:
Crews are working to contain a massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond but thick black smoke continues to waft across the Bay Area sky and more than 160,000 people are being warned to stay inside.
The fire broke out at 6:15 p.m. and flames and two large plumes of black smoke rose five or six miles into the sky, drifting across the Bay. Witnesses reported hearing at least four large explosions and a seeing a fire ball in the sky.
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