After a fire broke out on the wooded slopes of the Albani Hills on Sunday night, authorities ordered the people of Albani to leave their homes for the next three hours.
During the time the smoke was spreading, a helicopter flew above the heads of the locals and asked them to leave the premises.
Residents of Gateview, Hillside, and Taft Street received a text message warning them to leave their homes prior to the arrival of the helicopter.
Residents Of Gateview Were Ordered To Leave Their Residence On Sunday Afternoon
Firefighters from El Cerrito joined the Berkeley Fire Fighters Association in aiding the Albany Fire Department in putting out the blaze, according to tweets from the BFFA.
The rescue operation was aided by a second helicopter from the East Bay Regional Park District Police.
Officials have yet to reveal the cause of the blaze, despite the fact that the situation is now under control.
A dispatcher from the Albany Fire Department says that the evacuation orders have been lifted, allowing the evacuees to return home. There were no more arrests after 7 p.m. on Sunday night for anyone in Gateview, Hillside, or Taft Street.
The blaze was brought under control thanks to the heroic efforts of the Berkeley and Cerrito fire departments.
Fortunately, no one was killed or any property was damaged, and authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze that sparked panic among Albanians for hours and hours.
Vegetarian fires have been spotted near the intersection of Cleveland and Washington Avenues in the East Bay.
Last night, a slew of videos addressing the problem was shared across various social media accounts. The black smoke and soaring embers of the blaze could be seen in the video’s aerial perspective.
The residents of Albani had a long day on Sunday, but the fire appears to have been extinguished completely, thanks to the quick action of firefighters, who saved many lives and the livelihoods of the residents.
Fires have reportedly broken out near some apartment buildings, too.
To find out what caused the huge blocks of smoke that appeared around 3 p.m. on Sunday, investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.
It’s not the first time Albany has been ravaged by dangerous fire flames; the area was struck by lightning in the year 2014.
Only one house was set on fire at the time, and the family that lived there had the good fortune to be rescued quickly after spotting the flames from their window.