Wednesday is the fire’s 31st anniversary. We produced a podcast looking back at the historic blaze that forever changed how the East Bay looks at wildfires.
Thomas Appleton writes about how Alta Bates staff treated dozens of burned patients while watching the fire approach the hospital.
When Gary and I moved from Ithaca, New York, back to the Bay Area in 1990 and looked for a house, the threat of fire never crossed my mind.
Some Berkeley residents are among the thousands across the state receiving non-renewal letters from insurers burdened by wildfires claims.
Victims of the devastating East Bay fire share unhappy memories as well as advice for those affected by the North Bay fires.
The book, “There Was A Fire Here,” about the tragedy and how Nye and her family coped with their losses, has been described as a “searing memoir.”
Firefighters have been conducting wildfire response exercises in the community (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso How long does it take to evacuate a block of Berkeley homes threatened by an encroaching fire? Ten minutes, 30 minutes, more? That was a question posed by Lt. Andrew Rateaver, Area 2 Commander with the Berkeley Police Department, at a community […]
Oakland Fire #104-91, 1991, one of the images by Richard Misrach on show at BAM/PFA © Richard Misrach 1991 As part of a series of public events supporting its current exhibition by Berkeley photographer Richard Misrach, the Berkeley Art Museum is inviting the local community to gather at the museum this Sunday afternoon to share […]
Houses have been rebuilt, vegetation has grown back, and life is back to normal since the Firestorm, but being prepared for another is paramount Twenty years after the Oakland-Berkeley fire ripped through the East Bay hills, killing 25 people and destroying close to 4,000 houses and apartments, houses have been rebuilt, trees and shrubs have […]
On the day we remember a catastrophic fire that affected many people’s lives locally, it may also pay to recall another fire which happened 68 years before.
The winds stopped before pushing the fire into our canyon — and that was all it took to separate us from the others.
Berkeleyside invited readers to submit their stories about the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm. Here we publish the third of three selections. ………………………….. By Peter Jenny: In 1991, I was living on 45th street in North Oakland, between Broadway and Telegraph. My neighbor and I were going to have a yard sale October 20th, and I went out […]