Oakland’s history of wildfires is no secret in California. The Oakland firestorm of 1991 was one of the largest urban wildfires in California History, starting on the border of Oakland and Berkeley in the hills. The fire ultimately killed 25 people, injured 150 others, burned 1,520 acres, and destroyed thousands of residences. The high winds, steep terrain, and heavy fuel load made fighting this historic blaze a major challenge.
Pay attention to weather conditions. Fire threat is highest on dry, windy days. When the National Weather Service issues a "Red Flag Warning" we will fly red flags on Fire Station flagpoles and send an AC Alert notification. During a Red Flag Warning, avoid any activities that could cause a spark and make sure your household is ready to rapidly evacuate.