Fires in the Oakland hills are caused by humans—not by lightening strikes or other natural causes. This year Oakland has had only one third of our normal rainfall to date. We are facing one of the worst droughts in our history and Oakland’s 2013 fire season has rolled into the 2014 fire season.
Property owners maintaining their landscaping can reduce the risks of small fires turning into wildfires under these very dry conditions. We remind residents to take extra precautions when using lawnmowers, weed eaters and or cigarettes that can create a spark that can cause a fire.
Download a fact sheet to learn how to safely use equipment while creating Defensible Space.