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Smoke from Mexico factory fire visible in San Diego

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 21:18:50-05

(KGTV) - A fire in Mexico is sending thick black smoke into the air and is visible from San Diego but it is not believed to be a threat to the U.S. side.

Cal Fire San Diego officials confirmed the fire is burning in Mexico near the border and “is not a threat to the border.”

10News learned the fire is burning at a B & B Plastics, a plastic fabrication factory in Tijuana, but no other details were available.

People working in businesses near the border smelled and saw the smoke. An employee of the Otay Mesa Department of Motor Vehicles office contacted 10News to report the problem.

"The sky is getting dark," said Sergio Moreno, an employee of a U-Haul facility just north of the border.

Alan Parker, manager of Big Toy Depot, also reported a giant plume of black smoke.

"I just see thick black smoke coming up just east of us," said Parker. "The wind looks like it’s blowing it southeast."

10News reached out to Brown Field in Otay Mesa. Airport officials said their operations were not affected.

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District’s map shows the air quality in the county’s southern region is not being affected by the smoke from the blaze.