Concord, California – The previous Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) has been canceled. Concord’s open spaces, including Lime Ridge and parts of Newhall Park, were closed as a result of the notice. On Wednesday, May 12, these areas reopened.
The Red Flag Warning began on Friday, May 7 at 11 p.m. NWS issues Red Flag Warnings when weather conditions include strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures. All of these conditions can contribute to extreme fire danger.
In response, the City of Concord closed its open space areas with developed walking trails. Closed areas included Lime Ridge Open Space and portions of Newhall Park. Lime Ridge parking lots at Treat Boulevard and Montecito Drive were also closed.
City staff consulted with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District on the matter. They determined that closing the open space during Red Flag Warnings is in the best interest of public safety and preservation of the natural environment.
During such weather events, they ask residents and visitors to heed these warnings and refrain from using the open space trails during the closures.