Drought is the likely culprit in the first die-back pattern researchers have seen in the Bay Area.
No residents or firefighters were injured but several people were displaced from the home, which is no longer fit to live in.
Dave Brannigan has served as chief for three years.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Berkeley man on Thursday after he reportedly set his home on fire and was outside “acting erratically” with a loaded shotgun, authorities said.
After years of opposition and lawsuits, Cal has succeeded in cutting down eucalyptus trees near campus.
Readers asked Berkeleyside about several crimes over the past week: a carjacking and a catalytic converter theft Monday as well as three arson reports on New Year’s Day.
An RV caught on fire in West Berkeley at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, according to Berkeley Fire Department dispatch scanner reviewed by Berkeleyside.
The fire is at a residential address in the 500 block of The Alameda, according to fire dispatch scanner.
The building is unsafe and the top five floors, made of wood, must be removed by Dec. 31.
Marsha Tolliver had to leave the room she was renting and was forced to choose between buying a uniform for work or paying for a hotel.
After burning for three days, the fire at 2067 University Ave. is now extinguished and only a small number of Berkeley firefighters remain on scene.
Two homes in Northwest Berkeley were rendered uninhabitable after an RV parked nearby caught fire in the early hours of Nov. 22, according to authorities.