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Oakland firestorm of 1991

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1991 Oakland Firestorm

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On Peter Stackpole: 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire

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Firestorm in Oakland Hills 1991

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CNN Oakland Hills Fire #4

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Flashing back to the perfect firestorm

The Oakland firestorm of 1991 was a large suburban wildland–urban interface conflagration that occurred on the hillsides of northern Oakland, California, and southeastern Berkeley over the weekend of October 19–20, 1991. The official name of this incident by Cal Fire is the Tunnel Fire. However, it is also commonly referred to as Oakland Hills firestorm or the East Bay Hills fire. The fire ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others. The 1,520 acres destroyed included 2,843 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment and condominium units. The economic loss has been estimated at $1.5 billion.
  • Origins of the fire 

  • Firefighting response and difficulties 

  • Aftermath 

  • In popular culture