With its new community wildfire plan, the city is tightening fire risk vegetation requirements, exploring ways to help homeowners fund the work, and taking steps toward restricting parking on narrow streets in the hills.
Wednesday is the fire’s 31st anniversary. We produced a podcast looking back at the historic blaze that forever changed how the East Bay looks at wildfires.
Issues with mobility, hearing, vision, frailty and intellectual or developmental disabilities make emergency preparedness more challenging. Preparation can help and may save lives.
The storm won’t snuff out the threat of wildfire, but it could help reduce risk at the most dangerous time of year.
A first-of-its-kind analysis looked at the health of East Bay wildlife, from bats to bobcats and salamanders to steelhead. Two major mapping projects will dive deep into vegetation and wildfire hazard.
The East Bay Regional Park District is closing 40 parks in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including Tilden and Wildcat and Claremont canyons, amid this weekend’s heat wave.
The Firewise program helps neighbors form a plan to reduce wildfire risk. Berkeley’s first group formed this spring, and three more are in the works.
The city will hold a meeting Wednesday to introduce its plan to protect the community from increasingly destructive wildfires and garner resident feedback.
We’ve updated our Berkeley Wildfire Guide with preparation advice, evacuation guidance, and answers to your questions about air quality, power outages, and property defense.
Berkeley Hills residents will soon be required to have a 5-foot ember-resistant zone around their homes. The state is getting more serious about its defensible space laws for fire prevention.
“We know we have big challenges ahead,” Berkeley Fire Chief Abe Roman said recently. “We all have to adapt to this new normal.”
The city has cut down nearly 300 trees, mostly eucalyptus and Monterey pine, since 2019 and is now ramping up defensible space inspections of private property in high-fire areas.