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The 1991 Oakland Fire Was Fueled Largely by Homes and Adjacent Vegetation
the 1991 firestorm was spread more by houses than eucalyptus

David Maloney on trees not propagating the 1991 forestorm      web

doc-titleMy Word: Task force report confirms trees are not primary fire hazard
authorDavid Maloney
publicationContra Costa Times
quoteThe Task Force Report concluded that the spread of the fire was mostly due to the radiant heat generated by burning houses. A burning house has a sustained radiant heat transmission of 2,500-3,000 degrees. The spread of the fire was not due primarily to burning trees -- eucalyptus or any other species.
source[Oakland] Task Force on Emergency Preparedness member David Maloney

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