Oakland firestorm: 30 years ago deadly fire

OAKLAND, CA (CROWN) – Thirty years ago on October 19, a deadly firestorm raged through the Oakland Hills, killing 25 people.

The inferno injured 150 others.

It started as a small fire on a private property that was quickly extinguished, according to East Bay Parks. But barely detectable smolts blew in the wind and re-burned the next day. The high wind and dryness caused the fire to burn 800 buildings within an hour, according to History.com.

Over 3,000 homes were lost to the firestorm, despite hundreds of firefighters coming in to help from across Northern California, according to East Bay Parks. Ten thousand people were forced to evacuate.

The fire storm in 1991 lasted less than 48 hours, but the great loss is remembered to this day. It is estimated to have caused $ 1.5 billion in total damages ,.

Community members honored the 30th anniversary with a picnic on Lake Temescal on Sunday.

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