This October 20th marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm, still considered one of the worst urban wildfires in the nation’s history. More than 3,500 homes and 1,520 acres were destroyed; 25 people died and the economic loss has been estimated at $1.5 billion in 1992 dollars. A remembrance ceremony will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center. Click here for details about other Firestorm 25.
Oakland hills My Word: Preventing repeat of 1991 fire begins with you–-East Bay Times Opinion October 19, 2016
Final words from Risa Nye, author of “There Was A Fire Here”, from her talk at Laurel Books in Oakland
New Educational Displays installed at New 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
The Oakland Firesafe Council is quoted in this East Bay Times article about the City of Oakland’s efforts to improve emergency vehicle access on narrow streets in the Oakland Hills. If you live on a narrow street, please park in your garage or driveway. If you or your visitors must park on the narrow street, leave at least 14 feet between the car and the other side of the street so that emergency vehicles can get through. Read more …
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
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.
2016 WPAD Annual Inspection Notice now available
Private property inspections begin in Mid-May, but with four years of drought and extremely dry conditions in the Oakland hills, now is the time to limb your trees and reduce the fuel load surrounding your property, according to the guidelines explained in the flyer. If you haven’t yet received your notice in the mail, you can download a copy at www.oaklandnet.com/wildfireprevention.