Remember, Honor & Prepare for a Fire Safe Future
Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm 20 Years Later
In recognition of the perseverance and indomitable community spirit that grew out of one of the nation’s worst urban fires in history, we mark the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm with the following events:
|Thursday, September 11-Tuesday, November 30, 2011|
|Remembering and Rebuilding: A Commemoration of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm|
The Oakland History Room observes the 20th anniversary of the devastating fire that swept through the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, with an exhibit that recalls the disaster, the response, and the community's effort to heal and rebuild in its aftermath. The Oakland History Room is located in the Main Library, on the 2nd floor.
Oakland Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland
|Wednesday, October 12, 2011|
|7 pm||20 Years After the Tunnel Fire|
A forum on lessons learned sponsored by the Lamorinda Wiildfire Forum
Orinda Library, 24 Orinda Way, Orinda Contact Jonathan Goodwin at (925) 376-4668.
|October 12, 2011 - February 5, 2012|
|1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath. Photographs by Richard Misrach Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley|
In October 1991, immediately following the catastrophic firestorm which struck the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, world-renowned San Francisco Bay Area photographer and long-time Berkeley resident Richard Misrach (America. B. 1949) ventured into the fire zone armed with his 8x10-inch view camera. Working alone, he roamed the devastated area, recording both stark vistas and intimate details of destroyed homes. BAM/PFA and the Oakland Museum each present 40 photographs from his collection.
October 12-February 5, 2012
www.bampfa.berkeley/edu (510) 642-2250
|Saturday, October 15, 2011|
|Opening of 1991: Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath. Photographs by Richard Misrach |
October 15, 2011- February 12, 2012
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
www.museumca.org (510) 238-2200
|5:30-7:30 pm||Remembering and Rebuilding: A Commemoration of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm |
Oakland History Room, Oakland Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
www.oaklandibrary.org (510) 834-7446
|Saturday, October 22, 2011|
|9:00 am||Reflection |
Rockridge BART station Firestorm Tile Wall, College Avenue Individual expressions of those affected by the Firestorm
|10:30 am||Remembrance |
Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center Tunnel Road & Caldecott Lane Formal commemorative ceremony followed by a parade of fire trucks from neighboring cities and agencies who assisted during the 1991 Firestorm. The Parade will leave from the Gateway Exhibit Center and end at the Family Preparedness Fair at Lake Temescal.
|12 Noon||Family Preparedness Fair |
Lake Temescal, 6500 Broadway (north entrance) Fun and informative event for families and friends Information booths, displays, fire trucks and engines, interactive demonstrations, jumpy houses, face painting and more. Lori & RJ of Cotton Candy express to perform.
For more information: Leave a message at (510) 238-7070 or email email@example.com.
October 20, 1991—One of the Worst Urban Fire Disasters in America
Oakland Wildfire Prevention Assessment District
In 2003, residents of the Oakland hills established the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) to provide annual funding to assist home and property owners in preventing urban wildfires through vegetation management and education.
Yeda Altes, Fire Safety Education Coordinator
Diablo Firesafe Council
Serves as a catalyst for bringing together people, agencies and the means to substantially reduce the impact of wildland fire in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Cheryl Miller, Executive Director
Launched in response to the Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm, UP has helped change laws in favor of consumers, exposed and corrected wrongdoing and helped bring about successful claim settlements after fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, business interruption losses and disabling injuries and illnesses. UP is a trusted source of information for consumers, public officials, courts and the media.
Amy Bach, Executive Director
Hills Emergency Forum
Coordinates the collection, assessment and sharing of information on the East Bay Hills fire hazards, and provides a forum for building interagency consensus on the development of fire safety standards and codes, incident response and management protocols, public education programs, multi-jurisdictional training and fuel reduction strategies.
Contact Cheryl Miller (510) 893-9888
Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library
For original photos and newspaper clippings.
Dorothy Lazard, Oakland History Room Librarian
Oakland Museum of California
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives
Peter Cavgnaro, Media Relations Manager
U.S. Fire Administration/Technical Report Series
The East Bay Hills Fire
USFA-TR-060/October 1991 FEMA