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 www.oaklandcpandr.org for more tips.
Oakland Firesafe Council

News and Notes

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 […]

Oakland/Alameda County Launch Zonehaven for Evacuation Guidance

Oakland, CA — Today, representatives from the Oakland Fire Department and Oakland Police Department, along with a countywide taskforce made up of fire, police and emergency management agencies, jointly announced the launch of the “Know your Zone” campaign to help residents and businesses be […]

East Bay Resident Makes Fire Prevention a Passion

OAKLAND (KPIX) — An Bay Area resident who has been a fire prevention activist since she lost her home in the Oakland Hills firestorm 30 years ago, Sue Piper is passionate about disaster preparedness. The Gateway Preparedness Exhibit Center educates people on […]

OFSC Raises Serious Concerns about Wildfire Section of Oakland’s Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

In a letter to members of Oakland’s Public Safety Committee which will hear a report on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan on May 11,2021, the Oakland Firesafe Council (OFSC) raised concerns about the process and the content of the […]

OFSC Seeks Exemptions for ADUs in WUI All Along Evacuation Route

The Oakland Firesafe Council, along with Make El Cerrito Firesafe, sent letters to State legislators today about bills dealing with addressing rezoning to allow for accessory dwelling units and increased density to address the affordable housing crisis in the state. […]

Major Die Off of Trees in East Bay Increases Fire Risk

Sequoia Bayview Trail 1-15-21

By John Brega, Oakland Wildland Steward and Adopt-a-Spot Volunteer The year 2020 saw a massive die-off of many kinds of trees and shrubs in the East Bay hills, the Bay Area in general, and throughout much of coastal Northern California.  […]

“How Will We Manage East Bay Wildfire Risk?

From California Native Plant Society: While 2020 is a year most of us would just as soon forget, as long as the climate keeps warming, the risk of large wildfires will continue as part of the “new abnormal.” How we […]

Stanford Symposium Focuses on Wildfire in the West

The State of the West symposium is a gathering at Stanford to take stock of the economic and fiscal health of the Western region. It features academic researchers, business and investment practitioners, and other stakeholders concerned with the well-being of […]

OCP&R’s First Two Years a Success

Our outreach program– Oakland Community Preparedness & Response (OCP&R) just released it’s final report to CalFire, from whom it received $125,000 to launch this successful emergency preparedness education and outreach program. Click here for the report.