Fire engulfs port in Bay Area city of Benicia

A fire that began near silos containing petroleum refining materials engulfed a port in the Bay Area city of Benicia, sending a wooden pier crashing into the water.

The flames have made the port area difficult to access by land, so the fire could burn for another day or two, said Deputy City Manager Mario Giuliani at a Zoom press conference Saturday evening.

Wooden beams on the docks are coated in creosote, a waterproofing material that is highly flammable, causing plumes of black smoke to shoot into the sky, Giuliani said.