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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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PG&E PSPS continues; residential waste and recycling pickups Citywide pushed back one day all week

Berkeley, California (Monday, October 26, 2020) - While high winds creating extreme fire risk in the Berkeley hills have subsided, residents should still remain on alert as high fire danger will remain until early Tuesday evening.

Berkeley residents should sign up for emergency alerts, review evacuation routes, pack or refresh "go-bags," and park off-street when possible. PG&E will be updating their website to let people experiencing outages know when power will be restored.  

The extreme winds through Sunday night posed great fire risk to residents of the hills, but there were no reports of significant damage. Each person doing their part to prepare for wildfire not only kept themselves safe, but they strengthened our community's resilience as a whole.

Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 5pm Tuesday

The National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for the Berkeley hills lasts until 5pm Tuesday, October 27.

Berkeley residents - especially those living in State- and City-designated Hillside Fire Zones 2 and 3  -   should stay on heightened alert during this and every Red Flag Warning:

  • Sign up for AC Alert
  • Leave your phone on and keep it with you
  • Put go-bags by the door
  • Review evacuation routes
  • Park off-street to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicles
  • Back into your driveway or garage so you can exit more quickly

While this weekend's event reached Berkeley's thresholds for "extreme" fire weather- a City designation for Red Flag Warning periods of especially high fire risk - it is important to remember that the Berkeley hills border dry wildland areas that are always susceptible to wildfire.

The safest thing to do during an Extreme Fire Weather Event is to stay outside of Fire Zones 2 and 3 until dangerous conditions pass. Consider planning to stay with friends, family, or at a hotel during these periods if possible, especially if you would have trouble getting out quickly on foot. We have partnered with Visit Berkeley to secure relief discounts for Berkeley residents at several local hotels during Red Flag Warnings in October and November.

PG&E's planned outages continue

PG&E implemented a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in parts of Berkeley shortly after 8pm on Sunday, October 25.  Affected residents should check the PG&E website for updates.

PG&E has set up a community resource center in Berkeley for residents who need to charge devices or access wifi during outages:

Waste and recycling pickups pushed back one day all week

Residential waste, recycling, and compost pickups will resume on Tuesday, October 27.  All residential pickups citywide will be pushed back one day for the rest of the week.

Monday customers will have pickup on Tuesday, Tuesday pickups on Wednesday and so on, with Friday pickups collected on Saturday.  Our regular collection schedule will resume Monday, November 2.


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