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Oakland Firesafe Council

News and Notes

Efforts to increase affordable housing through zoning changes need to consider impact on emergency evacuations

The Oakland Firesafe Council recently sent a letter to our state legislators, as well as county and city elected officials, urging them to exempt zoned areas in the very high fire hazard severity zones from changes in single family zoning […]

NFPA’s Outthink Wildfire™ focuses on new ways of looking at wildfire policy

Check out the recording of the National Fire Protection Association’s new initiative aimed at significantly lowering community wildfire risk by 2050.

OFSC Supports Wildfire Prevention Funding

This week, the Oakland Firesafe Council sent letters to State legislators in support of funding for wildfire prevention–with the recommendation that our state officials ensure that funding includes communities in Local Responsibility Areas (like Oakland) and not just those in […]

State to establish new home hardening standards for insurance

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a new partnership between the California Department of Insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), […]

Weigh in on Oakland’s update of its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Oakland is in the process of updating its 2016-2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP serves as a meaningful guide to increasing the Oakland community’s resilience in the face of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, […]

15 Lessons Learned from the Webinar “Protecting Your City from Wildfire”

February 2-3, 2021 Sue PiperSecretary, United PolicyholdersChair, Oakland Firesafe Council The virtual conference “Protecting your City from Wildfire” offered two days of webinars and Q & A on a wide variety of topics that would interest planners, fire fighters and […]

Add a 5th Alternative to the Draft EIR

The Oakland Firesafe Council, along with more than 20 other neighborhood associations and local residents believes the current draft 10-year Vegetation Management Plan for Oakland and the Draft Environmental Impact Review (EIR) leads to a false sense of security. The […]

The East Bay Needs a Regional Approach to Wildfire Prevention

It is time for a new, more effective, regional approach if the East Bay Hills are to be safe from future wildfires. Using the Joint Powers Authority process to address the wildfire threat posed by inadequate vegetation management in the […]

May 11, 2020 Town Hall Meeting on Wildfire Prevention

More than 100 Oakland residents tuned in on Zoom and Council Member Sheng Thao’s Facebook page for the Town Hall Meeting on Wildfire Prevention on  May 11) The meeting was sponsored by Councilmembers Kalb, Thao and Taylor and the Oakland […]

April 2020 Update from OFSC Chair re COVID-19 and Wildfire Prevention

April 15, 2020 Memo to:  OFSC Members From:  Sue Piper, OFSC Chair Despite our cancelling the April Oakland Firesafe Council (OFSC) meeting, I want to assure you that OFSC continues to work hard to keep the community and our city […]

Need a gardener to help with prep for the upcoming annual OFD inspections?

The current Pandemic Stay at Home orders allow gardeners/landscape/tree contractors to work on private property to reduce fire hazards.  The Oakland Fire Department has announced that they will start the annual Inspections for Defensible Space in May.  The Oakland Firesafe […]

Time to Prepare for Annual Fire Inspections in Oakland–starting in May, 2020

The most recent “Stay in Place” orders allow for gardeners/contractors to work on vegetation management projects on your property in preparation for the upcoming annual fire inspection in the Oakland Hills.  OFSC Board member Bob Sieben has put together a […]