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October 21, 2011 | 6:49 pm

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: Events on Saturday, Photographer’s Audio Diary

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Events on Saturday, from the Oakland Tribune: 9 a.m.: Reflection at Firestorm Tile Wall, Rockridge BART station. 10:30 a.m.: Remembrance at Gateway Emergency, Preparedness Exhibit Center at Tunnel Road and Caldecott Lane. Formal civic ceremony with leaders from Oakland, Berkeley and firestorm community. Noon: Family Preparedness Fair, Lake Temescal, 6500 Broadway (north entrance). Fun and […]

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October 20, 2011 | 11:21 am

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: Archival Photos

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Oakland firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed 3,800 residences. The catastrophe predated digital cameras, but that hasn’t stopped the community from scanning and uploading photographs into Flickr. The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) was gracious enough to add some of their archive to our group. Some Flickr […]

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Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues

October 19, 2011 | 1:46 pm

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: The Fight Over Eucalyptus Trees Continues

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Another tree, another controversy. Anyone around for the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire remembers eucalyptus trees got a lot of blame for fueling the blaze. The problem with eucalyptus? One vegetation manager I spoke to called them “junky,” meaning they spread lots of dry debris: leaves, seed pods and lower branches. They grow quickly and in dense […]

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October 18, 2011 | 3:35 pm

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: City’s Interim Chief Recalls Hard Decisions, Act of Selflessness

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As part of KQED’s coverage of the 20th anniversary of the Oakland firestorm, Rachel Dornhelm talked to Mark Hoffman, currently the city’s Interim Fire Chief who in 1991 was a lieutenant on the front lines. The conversation occurred just above Hillcrest School in the Oakland Hills last Tuesday, on the corner of Margurite and Hermosa, […]

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Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: Video, Photos, Original KQED News Broadcast

October 17, 2011 | 2:19 pm

Oakland Firestorm Anniversary: Video, Photos, Original KQED News Broadcast

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On Oct 20, 1991, a fire that had started the previous day in the Berkeley Hills, north of the Caldecott Tunnel, flared up again and, aided by gusting winds, rapidly spread. From the Oakland Tribune today: The firestorm destroyed 790 homes the first hour. Swirling winds inside the flames whipped up an inferno that reached […]

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