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FEMA report on the 1991 East Bay Hills fire
Tall Trees in Forests Were Not Principal Agents in the 1991 Fire

risk factors in the 1991 Oakland firestorm

doc-titleThe East Bay Hills Fire
quoteRisk Factors: Extreme fire risk created by five year drought, low humidity, and Diablo winds; highly combustible natural fuels, inadequate separation between natural fuels and structures; unregulated use of wood shingles as roof and siding material; steep terrain, homes overhanging hillsides, narrow roads, limited access, limited water supply. ... Cause: Strong winds caused rekindle of grass fire from previous day, accelerated by wind. Crews were on scene overhauling when fire erupted. Cause of original fire was undetermined.
sourceFEMA's 1991 report on the Oakland firestorm