Oakland, like the rest of California, is facing the most severe drought in its history. Despite the recent rains, Oakland has experienced just 24.29% of its normal rainfall for this season.  The unusual weather conditions will change the growing habits of much of our vegetation in the Oakland hills--in many instances, delaying the usual growth patterns. 

Residents of the Oakland hills need to be extra vigilant in maintaining defensible space around their homes and properties, as the 2013 fire season has stretched into the 2014 fire season. As property owners, we are required to maintain defensible space 365 days a year, not just for the City of Oakland’s annual inspections. 

Check out the following links for resources to help you protect your home and your loved ones: 

Preventing wildfires around your house                www.diablofiresafe.org/preventing_wildfires_house.html
Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates

Wildfire Prevention Assessment District   www.oaklandnet.com/wildfireprevention
Diablo Firesafe Council
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 
East Bay Regional Parks District Fire Department


WPD renewal fails at the ballot box

The City Clerk announced the results of the election for the renewal of the Wildfire Prevention District today—we were shy just 66 votes. Consequently, we did not reach the 67% approval rate necessary for renewing the Wildfire Prevention District.

Obviously, we are disappointed by the results. However, it was extremely close, which demonstrates that the overwhelming majority (66.3%--just shy of the 66.7% needed) of residents believe that fire prevention is an essential service worth paying a small annual fee.  

The need for fuel reduction services does not go away. The final assessment for the current Wildfire Prevention District appears on this year's property tax bill, which means the current district will be funded through the 2014 fire season and for as long as their are still funds available.  

We will continue to advocate for additional money for wildfire prevention services and hope that the community will also support these services in the future. 

Ken Benson
Co-Chair, Keep Oakland Firesafe 2013

Sue Piper
Co-Chair, Keep Oakland Firesafe, 2013


Preventing Another Wildfire--
Oakland’s Wildfire Prevention
Assessment District

Keep Oakland Firesafe 2013 is a grassroots campaign to renew Oakland's Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) before it sunsets in 2014.
In 2003, residents of the Oakland hills established the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) to provide annual funding to assist home and property owners in preventing urban wildfires through vegetation management and education.

For the past 10 years, the WPAD has successfully reduced the risk of wildfires in our fire-prone Oakland Hills through:

Registered voters who live within the boundaries of the district will receive a mail-in ballot on approximately October 21. Please mail it back to the City before Wednesday, November 13. Ballots must be received by the City Clerk at 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 by 8 pm on November 13.

Vote YES to renew the Wildfire Prevention District!!!

Read the Montclarion editorial supporting renewal.

CLICK HERE to read recent media coverage of the renewal effort and 22nd anniversary of the 1991 fire.