Twenty five years ago Wednesday, a small, mostly-extinguished grassfire was stoked by a hot, dry wind, that ignited a firestorm in the Oakland and Berkeley hills killing 25 people and destroying more than 3,400 homes. In this hour Forum invites listeners to share their memories from the fire and its aftermath and any lessons learned since the tragedy.
Reflecting on the Oakland Hills Firestorm 25 Years Later
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Gregory Simon, author, "Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change and the Great Oakland Hills Fire"; associate professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver