Berkeleyside invited readers to submit their stories about the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm. Here we publish the second part of three selections. By Lori: Heading back to Berkeley from Walnut Creek, the smoke was already visible over the Caldecott Tunnel. I usually take Fish Ranch Road back to North Berkeley, but that day, I went through the […]
Will Wright: After losing his home in the Oakland-Berkeley firestorm, he created a video game centered on homes. Photo: Anya Zavarzina Editor’s note: This story was first published in 2011. We’re resharing it on Oct. 20, 2021, the 30th anniversary of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm. Will Wright’s home was one of the first to burn in […]
Chief Debra Pryor: “There were a lot of lessons learned” Chief Debra Pryor: “There were a lot of lessons learned” In October 1991, Debra Pryor was a newly promoted Lieutenant in the Berkeley Fire Department. She spent the morning of October 20 in the South Bay with her mother, but when she returned to Berkeley, […]
A guest leafs through the Firestorm elegy book at the Berkeley Art Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Photo: Brian Scott Speaking about his new exhibition of photographs which opened simultaneously at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California this week, Richard Misrach says it is as much a community event as an […]
Shortly after Valenta de Regil finished a special paint project at this house on Alvarado, it burned to the ground in the Firestorm Berkeleyside invited readers to submit their stories about the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm. Here we publish the first of three selections. By Valenta de Regil: October 19th, 1991 — A Saturday, hot like the […]
Aftermath of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm by Richard Misrach, part of an exhibition opening tonight at the Berkeley Art Museum October 23, 1991: At the foot of Broadway Terrace, I squeezed into a police car with another couple. We rode in silence, afraid and anxious to get close enough to see what remained of our homes and […]
Deirdre English had to flee for her life when the firestorm erupted.
The city, as well as Berkeley’s art museum and Berkeleyside, are commemorating the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm.
The Oakland-Berkeley hills in the aftermath of the 1991 Firestorm. Photo: Richard Misrach Twenty years ago next month, on a sunny Sunday in October, a raging fire took hold and — driven by hot, dry northeasterly winds — swept through the Oakland-Berkeley hills causing massive destruction and loss. The flames jumped two freeways, eventually spreading across […]