The third fire in three weeks on the busy highway briefly spread toward homes until it was extinguished.
3 big studies on East Bay’s creatures, plants and wildfire risk
A first-of-its-kind analysis looked at the health of East Bay wildlife, from bats to bobcats and salamanders to steelhead. Two major mapping projects will dive deep into vegetation and wildfire hazard.
How do you prepare for wildfires in Oakland? Get answers in our guide
We’ve updated our Oakland Wildfire Guide with preparation advice, evacuation guidance, and answers to your questions about air quality, power outages, and property defense.
Oakland City Hall in conversation: Sheng Thao
The District 4 representative, who is running for mayor, talks wildfire safety, affordable housing, and Howard Terminal.
Is my fireplace illegal? And other burning questions about wood smoke in Oakland
Fireplaces and fire pits are the largest sources of unhealthy pollution in the winter. Here are the rules and recommendations around burning wood and sparing the air.
Listen: Remembering the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm
To mark the fire’s 30th anniversary, we produced a 30-minute podcast looking back at the historic blaze that forever changed how the East Bay looks at wildfires.
The shrubs across the street nearly cost him his home insurance
It’s not yet common, but in high-risk fire neighborhoods, Oakland hills residents may find that keeping their home insurance depends on how well their neighbors prune their property.
Red flag warnings: What they are and why they matter
Oakland fire officials and Bay Area weather experts say getting residents to take the alerts seriously is an ongoing challenge—and has never been so important.
Oakland’s fire-fighting goats are finishing up their seasonal work
The herds, which are managed by the city of Oakland and East Bay Regional Park District fire departments, are nearly done with their annual munch-fest, which helps clear dry grass and debris from the East Bay hills.
As mass tree death worsens, East Bay parks get $10M for removal
About 1,500 acres of trees in the the East Bay Regional Park District have been affected by a new die-off pattern that’s seen as dangerous during fire season.
Is a new regional agency the answer to the East Bay’s wildfire woes?
Advocates in the fire-prone hills want Oakland, Berkeley, and other agencies to team up to create a prevention plan for the region. Cost could be an obstacle.
Know your zone: A new system for wildfire evacuation is coming to Oakland
A new evacuation software system called Zonehaven is scheduled to go live on June 15.
Mass tree death in East Bay parks raises alarm ahead of fire season
Drought is the likely culprit in the first die-back pattern researchers have seen in the Bay Area.
Red flag warning and power shutoffs continue in East Bay
Powerful dry winds blew through the region last night and red flag conditions will continue through tomorrow, increasing fire danger.
10 East Bay regional parks closed through Oct. 16 due to high fire danger
The East Bay Regional Park District closed the parks until Friday in response to a red flag warning and high fire danger.
Orange Oakland: Photos and feelings from across the city on a very strange day
Oakland residents share photos and thoughts with us, comparing the smokey skies to Mars, Mordor, and the apocalypse.
Bay Area wildfires are affecting air quality in the East Bay. Here are tips to protect your health
Wildfire season is upon us and air quality locally will be very poor for the foreseeable future according to weather experts.