Concord closure of open spaces lifted as Red Flag Warning ends

Closure of open spaces in Concord lifted as Red Flag Warning ends

Concord closure of open spaces lifted as Red Flag Warning ends
Parts of Newhall Park were closed, along with other open spaces in Concord as part of a fire safety precaution due to a Red Flag Warning this week. The Open Spaces have now reopened. (Pete Cruz photo)

CONCORD, CA (May 12, 2021) — The National Weather Service (NWS) cancelled its recent Red Flag Warning. The warning prompted the closure of Concord’s open spaces, including Lime Ridge and portions of Newhall Park. These areas re-opened on Wednesday, May 12.

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.