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Walnut Creek — but not Rossmoor — included in latest red flag warning

(Wednesday, Oct. 21) The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning, including for Walnut Creek, starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday and going through at least 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

In Contra Costa, the warning is focused on the East Bay hills, Diablo range and East Bay interior valleys. The North Bay mountains and San Mateo Coast also are on the warning list. Rossmoor is not affected by this warning at this time, but residents are reminded that conditions can change so they should be prepared.

In anticipation of these weather conditions, PG&E announced that it will conduct a Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) that will impact parts of Contra Costa CountyThe City of Walnut Creek is working closely with PG&E regarding the PSPS.  The Golden Rain Foundation confirmed with the city that PG&E does not expect a PSPS to affect Rossmoor.  The city will keep the Golden Rain Foundation apprised of changes that will impact Rossmoor

A red flag warning is used when weather conditions such as high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds are predicted. A lull in the offshore winds is expected from late Thursday morning through Thursday evening, but another burst is expected overnight and into Friday morning.  These weather conditions are not unusual for this time of year.

A red flag warning means there is an increased danger for vegetation fires and for these fires to spread.  Public Safety Director Dennis Bell reminds residents to be extremely cautious and refrain from outdoor activities involving fire such as BBQs.

Residents can use the PG&E website to check your address for planned PSPS

If anything changes regarding the need for a PSPS, residents will be notified via Nixle and the Breaking News link at

Rossmoor’s Emergency Preparation Organization also offers suggestions for what each resident should keep in a three-day grab-and-go bag or emergency kit. Each household needs one grab-and-go bag for each household member – including pets. Grab-and-go bags can be housed in a single backpack, duffle bag or bag on wheels for voluntary and mandatory evacuations out of Rossmoor.

Items under or near your bed that you need for your grab-and- go bag:

  • Three-day supply of water (1 to 2 gallons per day per person for drinking and sanitation): warmer weather
  • and special medical needs can double your daily water intake
  • Three-day lightweight, high-calorie, high-protein, high-liquid, low-sodium, ready-to-eat nonperishable food supplies (protein bars, fruit bars, canned pop-top meats like tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey)
  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned beans
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Raisins
  • Three-day supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications labeled with your name, address and phone number
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery, solar or hand-cranked radio tuned to Bay Area emergency channels: KCBS All News 740 AM or 106.7 FM
  • Whistle and small hand mirror
  • Solar-powered cellphone charger and/or charged power banks for devices
  • N-95 mask for evacuating in a wildfire
  • Cloth masks for COVID-19
  • Protective plastic safety or chemical splash goggles
  • Small first aid kit
  • Medical devices you use each day
  • Spare pair of eyeglasses
  • Mylar blanket for warmth
  • Rainwear and umbrella
  • Personal hygiene items including hand sanitizer, toilet paper and tissues
  • Mini external hard drive with scanned copies of vital documents and computer back-up
  • Video inventory of your household contents stored on cell phone, laptop or tablet • Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots and socks
  • Natural-fiber warm clothes (coat, shirt, pants and hat): no synthetic fiber as it ignites easily in a wildfire and sticks to your skin if the ambient wildfire temperature is high
  • Suede work gloves
  • List of in-state and out-ofstate contacts: Your first and only call may be to an out-of- state contact, who then on your behalf alerts everyone on your emergency list how you are doing (cellphone texts eventually go through when phone calls do not; this may be your best bet to let your out-of-state contact know how you are faring)
  • Local driving maps for your several possible evacuation routes
  • $200 per person per household in small bills and coins: An area-wide disaster will likely result in a cash-only economy for several weeks if major infrastructure is destroyed • Comfort items like books, cards, magazines and writing materials Pack all food in clear plastic bags in your grab-and-go bag. Keep your car gas tank at least half full. During wildfire season, three-quarters full is better. Disasters necessitate long evacuation lines and short supplies of everything you use each day.

As you leave, grab your car keys, purse or wallet, cellphone, laptop, tablet and charger cords, portable oxygen tank, hearing aids and batteries. Make a list of these last-minute “items to grab” and place it at the top of your grab-and-go bag.