UPDATED May 11 at 1:45 p.m. ---
The National Weather Service (NWS) has cancelled its recent Red Flag Warning, which prompted the closure of Concord's open spaces, including Lime Ridge and portions of Newhall Park. These areas will be re-opened on the morning of Wednesday, May 12.
The NWS had initially issued a Red Flag Warning that began on Friday, May 7 at 11 p.m. Red Flag Warnings are issued when weather conditions include strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures, all of which can contribute to extreme fire danger.
In response, the City of Concord closed its open space areas with developed walking trails, including Lime Ridge Open Space and portions of Newhall Park. Lime Ridge parking lots at Treat Boulevard and Montecito Drive were also closed for the duration of the Red Flag Warning.
City staff has consulted with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and 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, residents and visitors are asked to heed these warnings and refrain from using the open space trails during the closures.