Oakland Vegetation Management

Reducing Wildfire Risk

Project Overview

To reduce wildfire threat, the Oakland Fire Department is preparing a Vegetation Management (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for City-managed parcels in the Oakland hills.

Since 1923, more than a dozen major wildfires have impacted the Oakland hills, resulting in extensive damage, economic harm, and loss of life. Most notably, the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley firestorm burned over 1,500 acres, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, caused the deaths of 25 people, and injured over 150 people. Most of the Oakland hills fall within High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), as designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), where vegetation must be actively managed to reduce the threat and devastating effects of future wildfires. The FHSZs in the Oakland hills include areas described as the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), which are characterized by hot and dry fall seasons, high winds, dense flammable vegetation, steep and varied terrain, hill slope development, and limited accessibility for emergency responders. Microclimates across the Oakland hills create a varied landscape with many different fire risks. The City of Oakland is also designated by California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Community at Risk of damage from wildfire.

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Project Location:

The Vegetation Management (Plan) will cover more than 1,400 acres of City property plus treatment areas approximately 300 miles of roadside. Vegetation management activities conducted on these lands currently includes goat grazing on nine sites covering approximately 1,300 acres, vegetation clearing along 16 roadways (58 miles), monitoring for vegetation clearance along approximately 300 miles of road within the High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (16.5 square miles), and brush clearance on critical City-owned properties (~332 acres). The Plan and EIR will evaluate these and additional vegetation management practices to reduce fire hazard.

News & Information

May, 11 2018

Draft Vegetation Management Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

The Oakland Fire Department has released a Draft Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) for city-owned parcels in the Oakland hills to reduce the threat of wildfire. The Draft Plan is accessible for public…

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October, 6 2017

Oakland Vegetation Management Plan Schedule Update

The Oakland Fire Department is continuing to develop a Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) for city-owned parcels in the Oakland hills to reduce the threat of wildfire. The Fire Department received valuable community…

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June, 13 2017

Public Meeting on Vegetation Management Plan Updates

The Oakland Fire Department is holding a public meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 to provide project updates and offer an opportunity to ask questions/provide feedback. Project staff will be available to…

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Project Schedule:

The Vegetation Management Plan will be drafted to address a 10-year planning horizon. Public input is essential to the development of the Vegetation Management Plan and associated EIR. Opportunities for public comment are outlined below. However, additional communication tools will be used to inform and update community members throughout the planning process.

Project Documents:

Draft Vegetation Management Plan Downloads

June 2017 Stakeholder Briefing Presentation

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June 2017 Overview Fact Sheet

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March 2017 Stakeholder Briefing Presentation

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