National Weather Service issues red flag warning for Berkeley Hills

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According to an Alameda County alert, residents in the Berkeley Hills should take steps to prepare for and prevent fires, such as signing up for alerts, reviewing evacuation routes and exercising caution when using heat sources.

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The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the Berkeley Hills that will remain in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.

According to an alert from Alameda County, high winds coupled with dry conditions will pose the greatest threat in elevations above 1,000 feet, specifically the East Bay Hills.

Offshore winds will develop over the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills and Interior Valleys, according to the National Weather Service alert. Combined with “critically low” humidity, these areas will exhibit fire weather conditions, in which any ongoing fires or new fires have the potential to spread quickly, the alert added.

Residents in the Berkeley Hills should prepare by signing up for alerts, reviewing evacuation routes and parking off-street when possible to clear space for emergency vehicles, according to the Alameda County alert. The alert added that residents should take steps to prevent fires, including using caution when operating heat sources.

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