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Berkeley firefighters recommend having a plan for extreme weather causing fires

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By Bay City News

The Berkeley Fire Department is advising residents in the Berkeley Hills neighborhood to have a plan ready to evacuate and stay elsewhere in the event the department designates "extreme fire weather," which is more severe than a red flag warning.

Fire department guidance issued last week especially encourages residents living in Berkeley Fire Zones 2 and 3 to make plans to stay away or be prepared to leave their homes when the fire department identifies extreme fire weather.

Extreme fire weather occurs when conditions are very dry and windy, which increases the risk of a fire spreading quickly, according to the fire department.

Such conditions are rare, with the last extreme fire weather recorded in the area in 2020. That year, according to the department, there were 25 red flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service that identified an increased fire risk, but only two days of extreme conditions. 

The fire department is advising residents to sign up for Alameda County's unified "AC Alert" system, which will be used to declare extreme fire weather conditions.

To register, visit the website: https://member.everbridge.net/453003085612570/login.

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