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After 1991 fire, Oaklanders debate growth of Eucalyptus

The Oakland Hills Fire may have started on the ground, but the Eucalyptus trees surrounding people’s homes in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills helped it burn more and spread even further. The highly flammable non-native species accounted...
More than two dozen firefighters from Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Cal Fire regional forestry service, all agencies that helped fight the 1991 fire, listen to speakers at the 20th anniversary remembrance ceremony.

Oakland Hills fire losses remembered with respect, ceremonial bells, safety fair

Homes where families used to live, beloved pets left behind, a phoenix rising from the flames—a ceremonial visit to these hand-painted images, which adorn thousands of tiles at Rockridge's Firestorm Community Mural Project, was one...
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McClouds, Pulaskis and brush hooks? Oakland’s firefighters explain how to tackle wildland fires

Twenty years ago, when Oakland Fire Department Captain Ian McWhorter was out on the burning hills, joining hundreds of other firefighters battling a blaze that took 25 lives and destroyed over 3,500 homes, he was...
Since the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, the homes in the neighborhood have become larger and range in architectural styles.

After Oakland hills fire, residents build off-the-wall homes

On October 20, 1991, the hills above North Oakland and South Berkeley were prey to a three-day urban fire that destroyed over 3,500 homes and instigated a building revolution that permanently transformed the neighborhood for...
20 years after the Oakland Hills Fire, city officials and residents reflect on what has changed and what still needs to be done. Photo courtesy of Oakland Fire Department.

Twenty years after the Oakland hills fire, what has changed?

On October 19, 1991, the tiny flame that would become the Oakland hills fire was ignited. The ensuring wildfire, which lasted for several days, took 25 lives, consumed over a thousand acres land, and destroyed...
A fire engine at the Oakland Hills fire station, which opened its doors to reporters for a reenactment of the 1991 fire.

Local firefighters reenact the Hills Fire response

The firefighters put on their headphones, fastened their seatbelts, turned on their lights and sirens, and peeled out of the garage towards the narrow, steep road. With notepads and video cameras in tow, reporters were...
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Oakland History Room exhibit highlights public documents, personal memories of Oakland hills fire

The Oakland History Room’s exhibit will display items related to the fire on the second floor of Oakland’s Main Library from September 1 to November 30. The exhibit includes aerial maps of Oakland before and...