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Press Contact: Keith May, Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Public Information Officer, (510) 693-2221


Berkeley, California (Friday, June 22, 2018) - A high fire danger warning has been issued for the East Bay Hills from Saturday morning to Sunday evening, a period that hillside residents, in particular, should prepare for by signing up for alerts, reviewing evacuation routes and parking off street when possible.

Use extreme caution when operating BBQs, power equipment or other heat sources such as idling cars. Remember that fireworks are always completely forbidden in Berkeley and surrounding areas.

These steps can help prepare for and prevent fires.  The National Weather Service’s “Red Flag Warning” for 11am Saturday, June 23rd until 8pm on Sunday, June 24th serves as a reminder to be ready for a wildfire.

Now is a great time to:

  • Sign up for AC Alert. Make sure that everyone in your home is registered for AC Alert, the City’s emergency notification service. Learn more on our Emergency Alerting Page.
  • Review your household’s evacuation routes. Make sure to plan at least two routes away from your neighborhood. During an evacuation you may not be able to drive, so consider using the network of Berkeley Path Wanderers paths in your evacuation plans. To learn more, visit Berkeley’s Wildfire Evacuation website.
  • Park off-street. Use your driveway or garage, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles.

Take steps to prepare and keep your household safe during this Red Flag Warning.



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