East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts
Update: The El Cajon odor is the result of a chemical spill of mercaptan, an odor additive used to make natural gas detectable. There is no gas leaks, but residents are advised to stay indoors for a few hours until it dissipates. More on this chemical: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/MHMI/mmg139.pdf
January 12, 2022 (El Cajon) -- A strong smell of natural gas is evident across El Cajon including the valley floor and the Fletcher Hills area late this morning. The City of El Cajon has tweeted that the odor is orignating from 1001 West Bradley Avenue.
"Heartland Fire & Rescue has advised that the strong odor is occurring due to Waste Management charging their ventilation tanks. The odor should dissipate over the next few hours," the city Tweet states.
You may wish to avoid this area until mid-afternoon or later. If you are in the area, avoid use of open flames until the odor dissipates.