RED FLAG WATCH from 11 pm Sunday through 5 pm Tuesday. Gusty offshore winds & drying conditions. Walk around your house to ensure it still complies with defensible space standards. Pack your go bag. Go to for more tips.
Oakland Firesafe Council

The Oakland Firesafe Council is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland and Alameda County to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to people and property through outreach, programs, and projects

STAY INFORMED with our newsletter and periodic important advisories


The Oakland Firesafe Council promotes state-of-the-art approaches to wildfire prevention and advocates for more resources to assist with vegetation management, evacuation, restoration and other wildfire prevention related issues at the local, regional and state level


Helping local residents and neighborhoods better prepare for wildfire and emergencies is a key focus of our Oakland Community Preparedness & Response program (OCP&R). Click here for free guides and details.

Periodically we offer webinars and Town Hall Meetings of topics of significance.


2022 Ushers in New Era for OFSC

When Ken Benson and the late Dinah Benson and I created the Oakland Firesafe Council (OFSC) in 2014, our goal was to provide local residents with timely, accurate and practical tips and tools to help make them more firesafe. In seven years, […]

Remembering the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm

Brian Krans, reporter for Oaklandside/Berkeleyside, has produced a 30-minute podcast that accurately and succinctly reveals how the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm forever changed how the East Bay — and the state of California– looks a wildfires. JuanCarlos Guerrero and Brandon Behle […]

OFSC’s Recommendations to CalTrans’ D4 Vegetation Management Plan

At its July meeting, the Oakland Firesafe Council approved moving forward with a review of Caltrans D4 Vegetation Management Plan, released in June, 2021.  Our comments were released to Caltrans on August 30,2021: We thank CalTrans for giving the Oakland […]

OFSC opposes SB9 and SB10 unless amended to account for wildfire safety

The Oakland Firesafe Council has sent letters to Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and the authors and coauthors of two state senate bills that call for additional housing in heretofore single family housing zones. SB9 allows for accessory dwelling […]

East Bay Wildfire JPA launches new website

Check out the new website for our community awareness efforts to form an East Bay Regional Wildfire Prevention Vegetation Management District for the very high fire hazard severity and high fire hazard severity zones in the East Bay Hills. We […]

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“Know the Way to Firewise USA” Town Hall

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Session 2 of the “Savvy & Prepared Communities” Town Hall Series will be about why & how to become certified Firewise USA community. With guest speaker Macy M. Cornell of the Oakland Firesafe Council’s Firewise USA program for […]

“Reducing Fire Risks Part 1: Out & About” Town Hall

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Session 3 of the “Savvy & Prepared Communities” Town Hall Series will be about preparedness on a broader community scale, community surroundings. Stay tuned for more details.

“Reducing Fire Risks Part 2: Closer to Home” Town Hall

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Session 4 of the “Savvy & Prepared Communities” Town Hall Series will focus on preparedness Home to Home/Neighbor to Neighbor. Stay tuned for more details.

“If You Gotta Go” Town Hall

Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Session 5 of the “Savvy & Prepared Communities” Town Hall Series will talk about evacuation and Zonehaven. Stay tuned for more details.