Although more votes remain to be counted, it is increasingly likely that the leads established on Election Day will hold.
A few hundred people braved the smoky air to protest Thursday evening.
Community member Bruce Koball shared video and a photograph of a geyser created Friday morning when a driver in a U-Haul truck "sheared off a fire hydrant" in West Berkeley.
The closure, which has been done during the newts' seasonal migration for over 20 years, allows the salamanders to seek out the higher air moisture levels they favor for breeding.
With a large number of mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, there could still be some unexpected results in Berkeley.
Berkeley election tallies with 100% of the precincts reporting. Mail-in ballots received after Sunday have not been counted. All results remain unofficial as of Wednesday morning.