Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

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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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Press Contact: Keith May, Assistant Chief, Fire Department, (510) 981-5508

RED FLAG WARNING INDICATING HIGHER FIRE RISK FOR BERKELEY & EAST BAY HILLS

Berkeley, California (Sunday, October 10, 2021) - A Red Flag Warning issued for the hills of Berkeley and much of the East Bay means that hills residents need to be ready to evacuate, and should take precautions to stop fires before they start.

The Red Flag Warning announced by the National Weather Service  predicts gusty offshore winds and dry conditions. This weather window lasts from 11pm on Sunday, October 10 until 5pm on Tuesday, October 12.

For Berkeley, the greatest risk is forecasted to be during the day on Monday, October 11. Fires that start during Red Flag Warnings can spread quickly. 

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 prevent fires.

Prepare now to increase your control

Wildfires are now more frequent, destructive, and fast-moving than ever. Berkeley residents must change how we prepare and respond.

Take control before a fire starts:

  • Leave your phone on to receive alerts even if you are sleeping.
  • Know your evacuation zone,  which will be used for evacuation messages.
  • Put your go-bag by the front door.
  • Plan multiple evacuation routes, including two by foot.
  • Park off-street. Back your car into your driveway or garage, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles.

Red Flag Warnings are an early indicator of fire risk. In 2020, Berkeley had 25 days in Red Flag Warning status.

Red Flag Warnings are not as severe or as rare as "Extreme Fire Weather" days, a narrow range of weather conditions underlying many of California's most destructive fires. During Extreme Fire Weather, which happened over two days in 2020, the Berkeley Fire Department recommends that residents make plans to leave the hills. This puts you in the most control and is the best way to ensure your safety.

Learn more on our wildfire webpage.

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