East Bay parks close due to fire danger

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East Bay parks close due to fire dangers
Photo credit: East Bay Regional Parks District

The East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) announced today that all regional parks except some shoreline parks are closed until further notice due to extreme fire activity.

For a similar reason, the East Bay Municipal Utility District announced today that San Pablo Reservoir and Lafayette recreation areas, and all trails in the district, are temporarily closed.

EBRPD parks remaining open are Point Isabel Regional Shoreline; Crown Beach State Park; Hayward Regional Shoreline; MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline; McLaughlin East Shore State Park; Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline; and Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, according to EBRPD.

Park closures are occurring as dozens of wildfires rage statewide, including the SCU Lightning Complex fires that have burned about 85,000 acres across five counties, including in eastern Contra Costa County. Heat, poor air quality and fire dangers expected throughout the week.

Public health officials are recommending that residents remain indoors due to the poor air quality throughout the region caused by the smoke from the wildfires. Hourly updates on local air quality can be accessed here.

“The Park District is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of wildfires in parks, including Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park,” EBRPD said in a statement.