Oakland Hills Fire
City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.
Despite resistance from neighbors, the City of Oakland took a big step Tuesday night to prevent another big fire like the one that devastated the Oakland Hills in 1991.
The spread of 2 fires in the Oakland Hills this 4th of July was slowed in part due to the recent use of grazing goats in the area to control vegetation.
Opponents of the fire hazard reduction plan for the East Bay hills are calling it a guise to conduct massive clear-cutting of the area.
Twenty years ago Thursday, a hillside fire blown out of control by hot, dry winds killed 25 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in the Oakland and Berkeley hills.
The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says it’s astounding how quickly Oakland rebuilt 20 years after the firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed 4,000 homes and apartments.
There have been many firefighting improvements since a deadly firestorm ripped through the hills of Berkeley and Oakland 20 years ago next week. But, firefighters can’t do much about the hills themselves, forcing them to navigate dangerous roads whenever flames break out.
Vandals brought in heavy equipment and sawed off eight branches of a memorial sculpture created to honor the 25 people killed in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, Gordon Piper, chair of the Oakland Landscape Committee, said Thursday.