Oakland marks 20th anniversary of deadly firestorm
Thursday marks the 20-year anniversary of the Oakland Hills firestorm, one of the worst urban fires in the nation's history.
The 1,520-acre blaze killed 25 people, injured 150 and destroyed more than 3,000 homes.
Since the fire, state and local officials have introduced new regulations on vegetation and fire-resistant building materials and emergency preparedness.
On the anniversary of the blaze, officials reminded urban residents to prepare for a fire by creating defensible space around homes, cutting back tree branches and cleaning gutters.
They also should keep fire alarms and extinguishers operational and have family evacuation drills, officials said.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: A burned-out car sits in front of a home destroyed by fire in the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland in 1991. Credit: Nick Lammers / Oakland Tribune