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Wharf Fire Disrupts Los Angeles-Area Sea Ports

(Christopher Weber – AP)

A fire that raged overnight on the underside of an old wooden wharf was finally quelled Tuesday but not before all container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and several in adjacent Long Beach harbor were shut down because of worries about unhealthy smoke.

Concern about the plume from burning creosote-preserved timber in the pre-World War II wharf also triggered a precautionary evacuation of a port-area elementary school and advice to residents to stay indoors.

Seven of the eight Port of Los Angeles container terminals were set to reopen with the 6 p.m. night shift, and the eighth was scheduled to restart work on Wednesday, port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said. Read more here.

Related: Long Beach Port Operations Back to Normal (JOC)