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Oakland Firestorm Survivors, Community Leaders Gather To Mark 22nd Anniversary

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A view of the 1991Oakland Hills firestorm. (DART/NASA Ames)

A view of the 1991Oakland Hills firestorm. (DART/NASA Ames)

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Survivors, neighborhood residents and community leaders gathered Sunday to mark the 22nd Anniversary of the Oakland Hills firestorm.

The devastating 1991 fire killed 25 people and damaged or destroyed more than 3000 homes in the Oakland hills.

Sunday’s event was held at the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center in Hiller Highlands.

The Keep Oakland Firesafe 2013 committee used the occasion to urge residents to renew Oakland’s Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD).

Founded in 2003, WPAD provides annual funding to assist homeowners in preventing urban wildfires through vegetation management and education. It is scheduled to end in January. Residents can vote on whether to extend WPAD via mail-in ballots before the end of 2013.

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