10-Acre Wildfire Burning Near UC Berkeley Triggers Voluntary Campus Evacuations

A 10-acre wildfire burning in the hills east of UC Berkeley on Wednesday afternoon triggered road closures and voluntary evacuations for some campus buildings, officials said.

Shortly after 3 p.m., university police recommended evacuations of the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory.

About 5:45 p.m., firefighters contained the flames and normal campus operations resumed, police said. Fire crews planned to stay on scene overnight.

The blaze, which started about 1 p.m., drew a response of between 150 to 200 firefighters, as well as helicopters dropping loads of water from a nearby reservoir.

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