Fire Danger Prompts Crackdown On Gatherings Along Grizzly Peak In Oakland, Berkeley HillsPolice and fire department officials say they are cracking down on gatherings in turnouts along Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the hills above Berkeley and Oakland because of increased fire danger.
Bay Area Fire Departments Overwhelmed After Illegal Fireworks Spark Dozens of BlazesBay Area fire officials warned that illegal fireworks were creating an extreme fire danger leading into the Fourth of July holiday and, sadly, those predictions came true.
July 4: Contra Costa Firefighters Knock Down Dozens Of Fires Triggered By Illegal FireworksFirefighters in Contra Costa County spent much of the evening on July 4 battling dozens of fires, many caused by fireworks carelessly set off by revelers in the East Bay.
Fireworks Canceled? Fourth Of July Lunar Eclipse Is Still HappeningAs cities and counties across the Bay Area are canceling their Fourth of July fireworks displays, the Lunar eclipse scheduled for tonight is still on!
Fireworks Spark At Least 2 Of Several Brush Fires In East Bay, Historic Barn DestroyedFireworks started at least two of several brushfires Friday night around Contra Costa County, while another burned down on a historic barn in unincorporated Rodeo.
Oakland Steps Up Holiday Weekend Patrols to Crack Down on Illegal FireworksThe Fourth of July holiday weekend is typically a time for family gatherings and fireworks but, with civic celebrations canceled, there's concern over illegal fireworks and the dangers they pose.
Bay Area Fire Crews On Alert For Illegal Fourth Of July FireworksPolice and fire crews were on alert Friday trying to get illegal fireworks off Bay Area streets as demand for fireworks rose among people looking for alternatives to canceled public fireworks shows.
July 4th: Rohnert Park Bans Fireworks In Commercial Parking Lots To Prevent Large GatheringsRohnert Park, which has been among a small number of Bay Area cites to sanction the sale of state-approved fireworks, has passed an urgency ordinance.
Tips For Safe, Sane, Healthy, COVID-Free Fourth Of July CelebrationsBay Area Fourth of July celebrations are going to be very different this year due to the pandemic and health experts are concerned about large family gatherings.
Dublin Adds Restrictions On Fireworks Use Over COVID-19, Parks Off LimitsOne of the few Bay Area cities that allows 4th of July fireworks sales - Dublin - announced additional restrictions Tuesday on where they can be used, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
San Francisco Crews Contain 8 Acre Fire In McLaren Park; Fireworks Possible CauseCrews in San Francisco were able to contain a fire that consumed eight acres in McLaren Park that may have been started by fireworks early Monday evening.
South Bay Communities Fear Even Steep Fines Won't Stop Illegal Fireworks ShowsFrustration has mounted among residents across the Bay Area and beyond who have taken to social media and neighborhood forums about what appears to be an increase of illegal fireworks being set off this year.
South Bay Officials Ask Public To Report Illegal FireworksThe Santa Clara County Fire Department has reported a fourfold increase in grass fires. Some of that is being blamed on illegal fireworks.
Complaints Of Illegal Fireworks Grow Across San Francisco Bay Area As July 4th ApproachesThe sound of illegal fireworks has become a nightly soundtrack for many people across the San Francisco Bay Area, but authorities say complaints of heavy duty explosives have started earlier than usual this year.
San Pablo License Plate Reader Leads To Arrest Of Suspect With Drugs, Assault RifleThe automatic license plate reader system in San Pablo led to an arrest Friday morning of a man driving a car reported as carjacked in Oakland and the seizure of an assault rifle, drugs and fireworks.