** UPDATED Aug. 18: The NWS has ended the Red Flag Warning in the Bay Area and The City has reopened its open spaces. **
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning beginning Tuesday, August 17 at 11 p.m. until Wednesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. due to gusty winds and low humidity in the area.
The City of Concord is closing its open space areas with developed walking trails, including Lime Ridge Open Space and portions of Newhall Park effective Wednesday morning. Lime Ridge parking lots at Treat Boulevard and Montecito Drive will also be closed. The City plans to reopen the spaces on August 18 at 3 p.m., unless the Red Flag Warning is extended.
City staff has consulted with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and determined that closing the open space is in the best interest of public safety and preservation of the natural environment.
PG&E has also warned of a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event for much of the Bay Area. At this time some cities in Contra Costa County are expected to be affected.
For updates on the Red Flag Warning, please visit: www.weather.gov/mtr/.
For updates on PG&E power outages, visit: www.pge.com/pspsupdates.