A bright orange glow over the night sky prompted several listeners to call Z-1570 Monday evening and ask what was on fire. The glow was the result of the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery doing some maintenance on one of its units. Workers were addressing a "minor operational upset" according to a spokesman for the refinery.
As a result, the flaring technique was put into play to address the problem. Refinery spokesman Melissa Erker says this is a normal process of working on the unit, and reminded that ten or fifteen years ago, flaring was done on a regular basis, so the flame may seem more spectacular since it not a common sight anymore. She says there will be no impact on the health or well-being of anyone in the vicinity.