A large black smoke plume billowed from a vegetation fire in a rural marshland area near Antioch Sunday afternoon.
The fire began in Sacramento County in a marshy area near Antioch just after 2:30 p.m.
Officials said no one was attending to the fire as it wasn’t threatening any structures and was difficult to access and the fire appeared to self-extinguish shortly after 7 p.m.
Lisa Fasano, communications director for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said that the fire was an accidental vegetation fire and they won’t know if the black smoke was hazardous until Monday.
At times there has been dumping in the area, Fasano said, so it’s unclear what materials were actually burning.
Fasano said this is the season for prescribed burns and there were some in the area over the weekend, but prescribed burns are supposed to end at 3 p.m.
Air quality inspectors were continuing to investigate the fire and would have information on what was burning later this week.
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Sherman Island is an island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the confluence of the two rivers in Sacramento County, California, two kilometres northeast of Antioch. The 5,500 ha (14,000 acres) island is the meeting point of Sacramento-, Solano-, and Contra Costa-Counties, and is bordered on the north and northwest by the Sacramento River, on the northeast by Three Mile Slough, and on the east, and south west by the San Joaquin River.
The southwest of the island features a large marshy area and Sherman Lake where there is fishing and other water sports, particularly windsurfing and kite boarding.
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