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.
Do not return to your home until fire officials say it is safe to do so. When you return:
- Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards.
- Check your property carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires for the next 24-72 hours.
- Document property damage with photographs. Conduct an inventory and contact your insurance company for assistance.
The Oakland Fire Department is proud to partner with the Oakland Community Preparedness & Response (OCP&R) program which provides awareness, educational workshops, detailed guides and support to help you be better prepared to respond to a wildfire or earthquake disaster, power outage or other emergency.
The OCP&R curriculum covers creating and sustaining organized neighborhoods, understanding emergency alerts and notifications, developing evacuation plans, preparing for and responding to Public Safety Power Shutoffs, hardening homes against wildfire and earthquake threats and much more.
Please visit the OCP&R site to learn more: www.oaklandcpandr.org/prepare.