Red flag warning issued for East Bay hills and valleys

Richmond firefighters teaming with Red Cross to install free smoke alarm systems
A Richmond Fire Department truck. (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

By Kathy Chouteau

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a red flag warning for the East Bay hills and valleys from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16. 

A robust warming and drying trend will occur through the week with the warmest temperatures expected to occur on Thursday and Friday, per the NWS.

While the region is under a red flag warning, community members should remain alert, not start any outside fires, should not use equipment to mow or cut dry grass and should watch the weather, especially if it gets windy.

Due to the red-flag warning, the East Bay Regional Park District will temporarily close certain parks beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday through Friday at 11 a.m., including Wildcat Canyon Regional Park (including Alvarado Park).

EBRPD Fire Department will be staffing several park fire stations along with CalFire who remains on high alert.

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