Remember, Honor & Prepare for a Fire Safe Future
Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm 25 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 25th anniversary of the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Firestorm with the following events:
Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm
“Why the Oakland Hills Will Burn Again” Presentation by Jerry Kent, retired Assistant General Manager of East Bay Regional Parks Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive
Sunday October 9, 2016 11:00 am
Commemorative Event & Plaque Rededication
Rockridge BART Station, College Avenue at Shafter Avenue
Hosted by the City of Oakland, Rockridge District Association and BART. Stay for the 10th Anniversary “Rockridge Out & About” from noon to 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 20, 5 pm
Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center, Tunnel Road at Hiller Drive
Thursday, October 20, 7 pm
Berkeley Path Wanderers Association Annual Meeting including “Fire Prevention Progress Since 1991”
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 am
Free 3.5-mile walk through the Firestorm Area
Meet at the bottom of Short Cut Path in the southeast corner of the rear parking lot of the Claremont Hotel.
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