Berkeley, El Cerrito advise ‘extreme caution’ to prevent fires during hot weekend

BERKELEY — East Bay cities are warning residents about dangerous fire conditions in the hills from Thursday through Saturday.

The red flag warning was issued by the National Weather Service and prompted Berkeley and El Cerrito to ask residents to take precautions.

“Hills residents should use extreme caution through Saturday due to a high level of fire danger from very hot temperatures and gusting winds,” Berkeley said in an announcement on Thursday. “The Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service warns people of the possibility of rapidly-spreading vegetation fires.

“Berkeley residents alongside the East Bay hills are encouraged to park in their driveways or garages, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles. Use extreme caution when operating barbecues and power equipment. Fireworks are completely forbidden in the City of Berkeley and surrounding areas.”

El Cerrito issued its own warning Thursday:

“Temperatures in this area are expected in the high 90’s to potentially the low 100’s with extremely low humidity. Everyone is urged to take precautions during this period. A red flag warning, according to the NWS, is a precautionary message that indicates an area currently or will shortly display ‘critical fire weather conditions’ due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures. The NWS red flag warning notes that any fires that develop will ‘likely spread rapidly.’”

The Grizzly fire on Aug. 2, which authorities say was deliberately started, burned about 20 acres in the hills by the Oakland-Berkeley border and required a major response, taking several days to contain.

A Cal Fire helicopter drops water as firefighters battle hotspots during a brush fire along Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the Oakland-Berkeley hills in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
A Cal Fire helicopter drops water as firefighters battle hotspots during a brush fire along Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the Oakland-Berkeley hills in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

 

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