There are reports of a utility-scale battery fire at a PG&E facility in Moss Landing, an area located in Monterey County, California.
Local media says the fire has forced a temporary closure of Highway 1 along a 6-mile stretch from Portero Road to Salinas Road.
TRAFIC ALERT:— KTVU (@KTVU) September 20, 2022
🚨 Hwy 1 closed in Moss Landing due to fire at power plant. Closure from Salinas Rd to Potrero Rd. ETA 4-6 hours.
Bloomberg headlines note the fire at the PG&E substation originated from a Tesla battery pack, but the size of the utility-scale battery has yet to be determined.
*TESLA BATTERY FIRE AT PG&E SUBSTATION CLOSES PART OF HIGHWAY 1— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 20, 2022
*PG&E SAYS TESLA BATTERY ON FIRE AT CA SUBSTATION
Here are images of the fire:
Highway 1 is closed as crews respond to a large fire at the PG&E energy storage facility in Moss Landing. The highway is closed between Salinas Road and Potrero Road, the California Highway Patrol told @KSBWPhil. The CHP said the highway could be closed four to six hours. pic.twitter.com/GW69kzqHJY— Paul Dudley (@PaulDudleyKSBW) September 20, 2022
Fire in Moss Landing. Looks like around the Pick n Pull pic.twitter.com/qfAgWMkHzG— S (@Sonic_Ambulance) August 3, 2020
The incident comes as utilities increasingly rely on large lithium-ion batteries to store renewable energy from the wind and the sun. These batteries are similar to ones used in electric cars and are also prone to fires.
Last July, a massive Tesla Megapack caught fire in Australia's Victoria state. The blaze took three days to be extinguished.
There's no official word on what caused the Tesla battery pack fire in California this morning.