A fireplace in a Salinas meals processing plant that has prompted authorities to evacuate surrounding neighborhoods has now closed 4 close by elementary faculties as dawn approaches Thursday.

City officers introduced the closure shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday for Lincoln Elementary, Monterey Park Elementary, Sherwood Elementary and Los Padres Elementary.

The order follows orders earlier Thursday morning for shelter-in-place and an evacuation of the world surrounding the fireplace

which started about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday on the Taylor Farms Processing Facility, a 225,000 square-foot constructing within the 1200 block of Abbott Street

South of Constitution Boulevard includes areas east of Spreckels Avenue and Main Street and from State Highway 68 to Hartnell Road.

The vacated space includes 548 addresses and an estimated 2,700 people living in the U.S. Highway 101 spans

Covers the land between South Main Street, East Allisle Street, Allisle Road and Harris Road

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The affected areas could change mainly based on the change in wind path, based on an information launch from metropolitan authorities at 2:19 am.

Nearly 100 firefighters from 22 hearth models throughout Monterey County are reportedly on the scene battling the four-alarm blaze.

The fire proceeded with the intention that it posed a major threat to the potential explosion of ammonia located within the plant.

For that reason, we pulled back our units to a safe area and have begun evacuation notices for the immediate area around the plant

Authorities ask the residents within the normal space to stay indoors and preserve pets inside, shut all home windows and shut down heating, air flow and followers

The evacuation announcement added that officers could have to broaden the scene to a full closure of a 1-mile radius of Highway 101 in each instructions.

Fire officers are asking the group to keep away from the freeway and use Old Stage Road as an alternate route.