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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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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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Preparing yourself, your household, and your community to respond to a wildfire

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 20, 2021) - As we remember the devastating impact of the October 20, 1991, Tunnel Fire, Berkeleyans should take steps to prepare for a wildfire prior to an emergency.

With each wildfire, we learn more about how we must adapt. Our past experience has taught us we must act based on weather conditions, rather than waiting for a fire to ignite. When the Berkeley Fire Department identifies rare days of "Extreme Fire Weather,"  the department advises that hills residents all have plans to leave early.

Acting early is the best way to ensure your safety in the event of a possible wildfire. Everyone can:

Fire weather planning is even more important now as the severity and frequency of wildfires have increased. Fires that spread during Extreme Fire Weather conditions can quickly become catastrophic.

30th Anniversary of the 1991 Tunnel Fire

The October 20, 1991, Oakland/Berkeley hills fire ignited when conditions were within Berkeley's "Extreme Fire Weather" thresholds.

The Tunnel Fire burned for three days, killed 25 people, and destroyed 3,354 homes - 63 of which were in Berkeley. Fighting this fire required a strong mutual aid effort, and the City of Berkeley received support from over 75 fire companies from 22 California counties.

Since then, the Berkeley Fire Department has continued to improve its readiness to respond to a wildland fire by maintaining regional coordination with Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, East Bay Regional Parks District, and CalFire, as well as other local jurisdictions.

Planning decisions, emergency preparedness, and response

Since this historic fire, the City has implemented fire and emergency preventative policies, codes, and campaigns. Memories of this fire are present in the work the City does every day. Berkeley voters have passed multiple bond measures to increase the City of Berkeley's ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies. These bond measures include:

  • Measure Q to purchase an emergency above ground water system to pump water when traditional systems fail
  • Measure G to retrofit existing fire stations and construct Fire Station 7 in the hills
  • Measure GG to improve emergency medical response and improve disaster preparedness throughout Berkeley
  • Measure FF to improve firefighting response and enhance wildfire prevention and preparedness.

You can continue to support these efforts through your participation in Community Emergency Response Teams, learning sessions, and most importantly through how you prepare and respond to an emergency.

Take control and complete wildfire preparedness steps to protect yourself and your family.



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