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Fire Department cleans up 600 gallons of gasoline that had spilled onto Fontana roadway | News

About 600 gallons of gasoline was spilled on a road in southwest Fontana during an incident on May 21, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Fire crews found the large spill that was affecting a section of Mulberry Avenue, south of Jurupa Avenue. The spill was approximately a mile long and extended to Riverside County as well.

The large spill was found to be from improper gasoline storage, causing a slow leak as the truck was moving south with the Mulberry. The leak spilled from the back of a boxed truck into the road below. The truck was found uninhabited in an open part of Riverside County.

The spill caused dangerous driving conditions for drivers, said Battalion Chief Mike McClintock. The road was temporarily closed.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department and CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department entered into unified command to curb spills and coordinate cleanups in both jurisdictions. Law enforcement agencies from both counties also responded to traffic control and incident investigation.

No gasoline was spilled on waterways or drainage canals.

The incident is under investigation by local law enforcement.

The crews also used aerial drones to see a view from the eyes of the spill birds. SBCoFD Haz Mat personnel maintain these drones to assist staff in the safe assessment of hazardous materials in incidents.

McClintock said gasoline can be dangerous if not stored properly. It should only be stored when absolutely necessary in a suitable container.

Instructions for safe storage:

• Gasoline should be stored in an approved fuel can or tank, usually 5 gallons or less. Be sure to leave some space in the container to allow for expansion

• Keep gasoline containers tightly closed and handle them carefully to avoid spills.

• Store gasoline at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, hot water heater, space heater or oven.

• Store gasoline in a separate hut or garage, at least 50 feet away from sources of ignition, e.g. pilot lights. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to sources of ignition.

• Be sure to check with your local authorities for any additional regulations regarding fuel storage.

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