Depending on whether you look at AirNow or PurpleAir, you might get very different results of the quality of the air in your neighborhood. What’s the deal?
The East Bay had already lost businesses to poor water systems by 1923. When the fire struck, residents turned on their hoses to find no water coming out. Afterward some businesses offered relief as others sought to cash in.
The blaze of Sept. 17, 1923, caught Berkeley firefighters completely unprepared, leaving nearly 4,000 homeless before a change in wind stopped it at the edge of downtown. Fire experts warn that a fire just as bad — or worse — could happen today.
Fire warnings, preparation advice, evacuation guidance and more answers to your questions about air quality, power outages and defending your property during the 2022 California fire season.
Issues with mobility, hearing, vision, frailty and intellectual or developmental disabilities make emergency preparedness more challenging. Preparation can help and may save lives.
The Middlefield Road home where mud pushed down a wall and entered the kitchen is still yellow-tagged. Residents have returned to the other seven homes evacuated Jan. 16.
“We know we have big challenges ahead,” Berkeley Fire Chief Abe Roman said recently. “We all have to adapt to this new normal.”