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Current situation of the street where 16 people lost their lives in the 1991 Oakland firestorm because a broken car blocked the route.

Oakland’s plan to prevent wildfires in Oakland Hills faces challenges

City of Oakland plans to reduce plants that can fuel fire and create a more accessible pathway for emergency vehicles, but there's opposition.
A scene from the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. Photo courtesy of the Oakland Fire Department.

The Oakland Hills Fire: 20 Years Later

The 1991 wildfire, which shot out of control on October 20 and lasted almost 72 hours, was so large and fast-moving that it challenged the capacity of Northern California’s fire departments and wreaked havoc on...
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...

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...