To reduce wildfire threat, the Oakland Fire Department is preparing a Vegetation Management (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for City-managed parcels in the Oakland hills.
To review the Draft Plan and stay connected to news and updates regarding the City's Vegetation Management planning process, please visit: https://oaklandvegmanagement.org.
Notice of Extended Public Comment Period for the Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR Released: The City of Oakland has released a notice extending the public comment period for the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan (OVMP). The original comment period in the initial NOP was from Friday, November 1, 2019 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019. The comment period has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on December 12, 2019. The supplemental NOP is available at the following link.
Scoping comments may be submitted in the following ways:
Angela Robinson Piñon
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4314
Oakland California 94612
In addition, the City of Oakland Planning Commission will conduct a public scoping meeting on the EIR for the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan on November 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA. Written and oral comments regarding the scope of the EIR may be provided at this meeting.
Since 1923, more than a dozen major wildfires have impacted the Oakland hills, resulting in extensive damage, economic harm, and loss of life. Most notably, the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley firestorm burned over 1,500 acres, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, caused the deaths of 25 people, and injured over 150 people. Most of the Oakland hills fall within High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), as designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), where vegetation must be actively managed to reduce the threat and devastating effects of future wildfires. The FHSZs in the Oakland hills include areas described as the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), which are characterized by hot and dry fall seasons, high winds, dense flammable vegetation, steep and varied terrain, hill slope development, and limited accessibility for emergency responders. Microclimates across the Oakland hills create a varied landscape with many different fire risks. The City of Oakland is also designated by California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Community at Risk of damage from wildfire.