Berkeley Fire Department says it is concerned about 55 suspicious fires in recent months that appear to have been set intentionally, and may be tied to a "firebug."
A landlord and his tenants have formed an unusual alliance to fight for stricter safety requirements for rebuilt structures.
Two residents were displaced following a duplex fire in northwest Berkeley on Wednesday night.
The drill, which will start at 2:30 p.m., was prompted by recent wildfires, including in the North Bay, and may affect traffic locally.
The elevated fire risk is expected to persist through Sunday morning.
A small fire struck a homeless encampment near Second Street in West Berkeley early Sunday morning, authorities and community members report.
The Ashby Avenue offramp was temporarily closed Monday afternoon for a fire.
Victims of the devastating East Bay fire share unhappy memories as well as advice for those affected by the North Bay fires.
Many locals are trying to stay indoors, or wearing masks if they venture out, due to the dense haze that has descended over the city.
Berkeley schools are slated to be open Thursday, though the district is taking precautions in connection with outdoor activities, BUSD says.
The Bay Area has mobilized as numerous wildfires tear through wine country, and Berkeley first responders have been among those to help.
Berkeley first responders have been called to the 2800 block of Seventh Street for a full-assignment fire.
Firefighters put out a grass fire that broke out on Golf Course Road and Ajax Place in Tilden.