National Weather Service issues red flag warning for Berkeley Hills

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Residents in the Berkeley Hills should prepare for potential fires by signing up for alerts, reviewing evacuation routes and avoiding on-street parking to leave space for emergency vehicles, according to an Alameda County alert.

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Updated 9/26/20: This article has been updated to reflect new information from an Alameda County alert.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Berkeley Hills beginning 9 p.m. Saturday through 11 a.m. Monday.

High winds and dry conditions will cause the greatest threat in areas above elevations of 1,000 feet, such as the regions of the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills and Interior Valleys, according to the Alameda County alert.

Combined with “critically low” humidity, the expected winds will create critical fire conditions, according to the National Weather Service alert. Any ongoing fires or new fires will have the potential to spread rapidly, the alert added.

Residents in the Berkeley Hills should prepare for potential fires by signing up for alerts, reviewing evacuation routes and avoiding on-street parking to leave space for emergency vehicles, according to the alert.

The National Weather Service recommends people plan at least two evacuation routes away from their neighborhood and consider using the network of Berkeley Path Wanderers Association paths in case individuals are unable to drive during an evacuation.

The alert also urges individuals to take steps to prevent fires by using caution when operating heat sources.

Check back for updates.

Clara Rodas is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @crodas_DC.