Oakland Firesafe Council

Working to reduce the risks of wildfire in the Oakland hills.

Firefighters protect a structure of Tubbs Lane in Calistoga, near the origin of the Tubbs fire Sunday, October 8, 2017 (Kent Porter:Press Democrat) 2017


 Hearts & Prayers for California

As fires rage across Northern California (15 wild fires still burning) and in Anaheim in Southern California, its a reminder to Oakland residents to take steps now to get ready for fire.  Check out our pages and go to www.readyforwildfire.org.  Survivors of the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm provide advice to those in Northern California in an October 10, 2017 Press Democrat article   Oakland hills fire survivors’ advice for Wine Country: ‘You can’t rush it’

Defensible Space Couldn’t Keep Thomas Fire from Burning Ventura County

 For more coverage of Wine Country fires…


OFSC Issues First Inspection Survey:

Broken branches and untrimmed trees tower over a narrow dead end street off Norfolk Road in the Oakland Hills on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. This is one of many preventable fire hazards outlined in the city’s vegetation management requirements. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)


Oakland Firesafe Council Survey Highlights Challenges That Still Remain with Inspections of Private/Public Properties in Oakland Hills—This unofficial sampling revealed that between 10% and 53% of the properties observed between the Claremont Canyon and Shepherd Canyon Roads were still out of compliance with the City’s fire code concerning defensible space as of the end of July and the first week of September—just at the start of high fire season.  ‎Click here for summary and full report

East Bay Times Report on OFSC 26 years after firestorm,

Oakland struggles with compliance in fire-prone hills




Park Like Someone’s Life Depends on it

Whether high fire season or rainy winter,  first responders need to be able to respond to emergencies quickly. We remind residents who live on narrow streets to “Park Like Someone’s Life Depends on it”.  Use your garage or driveway. If you cannot, then park away from turns in the road and leave at least 14 feet so that first responders can pass.  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/30/tempers-flare-over-oakland-hills-road-access-fire-danger-concerns/

Download a pdf of a handy flyer that neighbors can leave on the windshield of parked cars that do not provide sufficient clearance.  You can also call the Oakland Department of Transportation’s Parking Enforcement Unit at 510 238-3099 for enforcement support.

Make Sure you Still Meet Defensible Space Requirements

You may have passed the Oakland inspection last June, but fires can occur at any time during the year. Protect your home from embers 365 days a year. Take a few minutes to walk around your property and make sure you still meet the defensible space requirements:


Status of  City of Oakland  Vegetation Management Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk

The Oakland Fire Department manages vegetation on CITY-OWNED property in the Oakland hills to reduce the risk of devastating wildfires. Most of the Oakland the hills fall within the state’s High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones as designated by Cal-Fire. The Oakland Fire Department is developing a Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to address the more than 1,400 acres of CITY-OWNED property, and along approximately 300 miles of ROADS.

Public Meetings were held in March and again in June.. Check out the website for the latest documents, updates and meeting notices: www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement.
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Website:   www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement
MAIL: 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3354, Oakland, CA 94612, ATTN: Oakland Vegetation Management Plan
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New displays at Gateway

Educational Displays installed at Fire Resistant Demonstration Garden@Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center

Over the past year, the Oakland Firesafe Council, the Oakland Landscape Committee, the North Hills Community Association and the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD)  collaborated to install more than 3000 succulents and other drought-tolerant, fire resistant plants in a demonstration garden to showcase appropriate plants, mulch and space in accordance with the City of Oakland’s defensible space requirements. We’ve just installed new educational panels as well. Please stop by to take a look. For details about the garden


DFSC Grants for Vegetation Management on Private Properties from Diablo Firesafe Council:

  •  Chipping or green waste removal of homeowner cut material,
  • Mowing or “weed whacking” as part of a larger project
  • Tree thinning (cutting of small trees) or “limbing-up”
  • Brush cutting
  • Grazing

Immediate funding available for chipping or removal of homeowner cut material. Projects must be completed by August 2015. See Diablo Fire Safe Council web site http://www.diablofiresafe.org for more information on selection criteria and an application. Or contact Cheryl Miller Executive Coordinator DFSC email: DFSCMiller@comcast.net Phone: (510) 536-0143.

Check out our blog on Q & A for creating drought tolerant/firesafe gardens here.

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