That helicopter over the weekend? It was scanning for trees that could fall on power lines. Expect more aerial activity this week.
After the most destructive year for wildfires in California history, local agencies urged residents to take simple preventative measures.
The City Council has allocated $200,000 to move toward the expensive task of undergrounding power lines — which experts say can prevent fires and help with evacuation.
The air quality in Berkeley worsened throughout the day on Thursday.
Bay Area air quality likely to remain poor for days.
Many fires are caused by downed power lines, but while some say a new PG&E shutoff policy makes sense, others believe cutting power during an emergency puts people at greater risk.
Ash from a wildfire is creating hazy skies and a dusting of ash on cars, decks, and yards. Air quality officials advise that people stay indoors and shut their windows.
While many Berkeley residents are aware of the danger of earthquakes, few consider that they are at risk for a megafire, which could spread from the hills to the flats in minutes.
Undergrounding utilities in Berkeley would provide some safety benefits and aesthetic upgrades. But it’s the equivalent of doing a kitchen remodel before replacing the leaky roof.
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.
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Several cats, two rabbits and one dog are up for adoption at the city shelter and Berkeley Humane.