Oakland Hills Firestorm 25th anniversary

(KRON) The Oakland Hills firestorm happened 25 years ago.

25 people were killed and 150 others were injured in the massive fire that destroyed more 2,800 homes and hundreds of apartments.

The 7 acre fire started on October 19, 1991 in a canyon along Buckingham Boulevard near the Caldecott Tunnel. Fire fighters thought they had extinguished the blaze.

The fire re-ignited on the morning of October 20 just before 11 a.m. Driven by 40 to 60 mile an hour winds, the flames raced South through the Oakland Hills.


The hot dry winds sent embers in every direction. The fire burned one home every 11 seconds, nearly 800 in the first hour on Sunday, October 20. Most of those killed also died in the first hour unaware of the firestorm and trapped on narrow, winding roads.

The fire raged on until about 5 p.m. when the winds died down, giving fire fighters a chance to beat back the flames.




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