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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.

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
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...
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...
OUSD board member Jody London listens to Kaiser family concerns after the meeting was adjourned.

OUSD meeting turns into emotional protest

An OUSD facilities board meeting turned into an emotional protest Tuesday afternoon when parents, faculty and staff from Kaiser Elementary School showed up unannounced, rallying to keep their school open.