Oakland Firesafe Council

With Oakland’s Wildfire Prevention District set to sunset once all of its funds are expended—anticipated by the end of June 2017—those of us involved in wildfire prevention advocacy felt the need to establish a mechanism for continued and expanding outreach about reducing the risk of wildfires in the Oakland hills.


FIRESAFE VISION 2027: What Do We Want the Oakland Hills to Look Like 10 Years From Now?

At the February 25 Wildfire Prevention Assessment District Public Hearing, a number of people raised the question about the lack of a common vision for what we wanted the Oakland Hills to look like at the end of the 10 years of the upcoming Vegetation Management Plan/CEQA that is now being developed.

The Oakland Firesafe Council, a nonprofit education and outreach organization unaffiliated with the city (www.oaklandfiresafecouncil.org), has agreed to host such an endeavor.

The facilitated workshop will be held:

Sunday, April 2, 2017
1:30-4 pm
Trudeau Center
11500 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

RSVP: Sue@oaklandfiresafecouncil.org

And please pass this on to those who you think would like to participate.


Oakland Fire Department is Preparing a 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 are starting this month:

Wed Mar 29th5pm – 7pm
Dunsmuir Hellmann Historic Home
2690 Peralta Oaks Ct.
Thu, Mar 30th —  5pm – 7pm
Trudeau Center,
11500 Skyline Blvd
A new website was recently launched to host project documents, updates and meeting notices: www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement.
Sign up to receive project updates by signing up on the website to receive project notifications by email.contact us/VegManagement.

Website:   www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement
MAIL: 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3354, Oakland, CA 94612, ATTN: Oakland Vegetation Management Plan
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Firestorm 25oakland-hills-firestorm

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

California Report Interview with Chair Sue Piper–KQED October 20, 2016

Final words from Risa Nye, author of “There Was  A Fire Here”, from her talk at Laurel Books in Oakland


New displays at Gateway

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

Emergency Vehicle Access Project Oakland Hills Underway

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 DFSCwaste 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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Tips and resources to reduce water consumption and improve your defensible space

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Annual Inspection Notice BACK March 2015 MGT.pub

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.