Oakland Firestorm Categories: 10-October, Wildfires Timelines: Natural Disasters

Ground level photo of Oakland Hills fire. — NASA/DART

October 19-22, 1991:

“The largest dollar fire loss in United States history occurred in the East Bay Hills, within the California cities of Oakland and Berkeley […]. Twenty-five lives were lost and more than 3,000 structures were destroyed by a wildland-urban interface fire in one of the most heavily populated  metropolitan areas of the North American continent. The fire completely overwhelmed the firefighting forces of the area, consuming everything in its path, and was only stopped when the Diablo wind conditions abated. The wind had threatened to drive the fire across the entire city of Oakland.” — The East Bay Hills Fire, USFA-TR-060/October 1991

Impact

  • CPI-Adjusted Estimated Cost: $6.0 billion
  • Deaths: 25

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