Red flag warning Sonoma Fire Extreme fire danger

Councilmember Susan Wengraf

Extreme Weather Alert!


September 7, 2020
ALERT:  Red Flag Warning!

ALERT: Red Flag Warning for Berkeley Hills Starting at 10pm Monday Night until Wednesday Morning at 9am

    The National Weather Service has issued a high fire danger, "Red Flag Warning" for the Berkeley Hills for Monday, September 7th, through Wednesday, September 9th at 9am.

    A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and high temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

    Any fires that develop are likely to spread rapidly.  if you are receiving this information for the first time, it probably means you are not signed up for AC Alert, Berkeley's Emergency Notification System. Sign up for AC Alert  now for emergency notifications.

What Can YOU Do?
  • CALL 911 immediately if you see or smell smoke
  • Sign up for AC Alert for emergency notifications
    Red Flag Parking
  • Park your vehicles in driveways or garages, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles. Fire trucks and ambulances need 14 feet clearance in order to pass safely through our narrow, windy streets, so please take note when you park your vehicle. It is essential that we keep roads clear for first responders!
  • Park your vehicles facing downhill if you are on the street.
  • Fire hydrants need 15 feet clearance on each side. If you do not comply with these regulations, you are jeopardizing the safety of everyone in our city.
  • BBQs and other outdoor burning activities are not allowed.
  • Think about your evacuation routes. You should have two options in mind. Be prepared to leave your home, if evacuation is required.  Read more information here.
    • Your goal is to get to areas west of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 
    • Once out of harm's way, you should wait until you are notified where the evacuation centers are located.
  • Be prepared for a possible power shutoff.  Have lanterns and a battery-powered radio close by.  Do not use candles.
  • Please check on your neighbors.
Be safe!  
Susan Wengraf
Berkeley City Council District 6
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