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TOOLS, WORKSHOPS TO HELP YOU MAKE A FIRE WEATHER PLAN
Use workshops on Aug. 10, 18 or 26 to fine-tune your plan

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 09, 2021) - Use our step-by-step guide to make a fire weather plan for your household ahead of time to address unpredictable and rapidly changing fire conditions - and use one of our upcoming workshops to ask questions and refine those plans.

Fire weather plans are even more important now as the severity and frequency of wildfires have increased. In addition, when the Berkeley Fire Department identifies rare days of "Extreme Fire Weather," the department advises that hills residents all have plans to leave early.  

Download our step-by-step guide to create your fire weather plan, which will help you:

  • Identify your trigger for leaving the hills
  • Decide where you will go
  • Identify evacuation routes.

Making plans to leave the hills during periods of "Extreme Fire Weather" puts you in the most control and is the best way to ensure your safety. Take control before a fire starts. 

Workshops: Fire Weather Planning

Our Office of Emergency Services has created workshops for you to join a group discussion on ways to improve your Household Fire Weather Plan.

To prepare your plan, you can also use our Wildfire Preparedness page and Wildfire Readiness video series. Plan to come to one of our workshops with your plan completed. Register online to attend:

We will discuss ways to improve our household's customized plans for what to do during fire weather and wildfire evacuations.

Make your own Fire Weather plan

Making a fire weather plan is something each household can do on their own. We've created a step-by-step guide to help you. The plan will help you identify your trigger to leave, decide where you'll go and identify evacuation routes on foot and by car.

When will you go?

One question every household needs to ask is will you wait to evacuate after fire starts, or will you leave during periods of heightened threat?

If you live in Fire Zone 2 or 3 in the Berkeley hills, the Berkeley Fire Department recommends that you leave during Extreme Fire Weather, before a fire starts.

Leaving early gives you the most control over how you will get down the hill and what you can bring. If you leave after a fire starts, you may not be able to get out with your car, so you must be prepared to evacuate on foot.

Where will you go?

Whether you plan to leave early or after a fire starts, think ahead of time about where you'll stay. Talk to friends and family who you might be able to stay with, or consider putting aside money to stay in a hotel. Some Berkeley hotels offer special rates to residents during fire season.

In an evacuation, we will set up mass care sites for those who have no place to go, but these will take time to set up and will rarely be your most comfortable option.

Which routes will you take if by foot or by car?

Choose at least two routes by foot and two routes by car. For driving routes, focus on main roads that connect with major streets and highways. Bigger roads will have more space during an evacuation.

If available, footpaths generally offer more direct walking routes downhill than City streets. Berkeley Path Wanderers sells a high quality, durable map that includes footpaths. Consider purchasing a copy for your go-bag and highlighting potential routes in advance.

These steps in making your household fire weather plan help you take control before a fire starts

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

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