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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

RED FLAG CONDITIONS IN THE HILLS

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, October 29, 2019) - A red flag warning has been issued for the hills of Berkeley and much of the East Bay, meaning that people need to avoid taking actions that could cause sparks and start fire.

These National Weather Service red flag conditions - including low humidity and increased winds - are expected to start at 1pm on Tuesday, October 29 and last through 4pm on Wednesday, October 30.

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.

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.

  • Review your household's evacuation routes. Make sure to plan at least two routes away from your neighborhood. During an evacuation you many not be able to drive, so consider using the network of Berkeley Path Wanderers paths in your evacuation plans. Residents should be prepared to evacuate quickly if needed. See cityofberkeley.info/wildfire for evacuation information and download our printable evacuation checklist.

  • 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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