Keep your property in compliance year round
Protect your investment, protect our neighborhood
We share an important year-round role in preventing fires in Hillcrest Estates. Drought conditions now have us in fire season year-round. Here are the top priorities to review:
- Are your tree limbs clear within 10 feet of your roof?
- Are your rain gutters clear of dead leaves and debris?
- Do you have vines climbing that could act as a fire ladder?
- Is stored firewood at least 20 feet from structures?
- Is your house number visible from the street and at least 4" tall?
Easy tips, info and resources
Wildfire Prevention Vegetation Management Inspections begin mid-May.
Download Oakland Fire Department's Inspection Notice for more tips and requirements
Oakland Firesafe Council / Community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland and Alameda County to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to people and property
Oakland Community Preparedness & Response Program / How to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaste
GENOAK 2-way radio / Important communication tool for emergencies
AC Alert / Sign up for real-time alerts from Alameda County
Zonehaven / Learn your zone! Need to know for evacuations
PG&E / Current updates for gas and electric, power outages, and more
IBHS video / Video demonstrating how embers catch homes on fire
United Policyholders / National insurance policy provider for high risk wildfire areas
CERT training / Be a community leader in times of distress with emergency preparedness training
City of Oakland's Vegetation Management / Free chipping of small tree limbs & brush. 510-238-7388
The Oakland Wildfire Prevention Assessment District (WPAD) Advisory Committee meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7-9pm at Trudeau Training Center located at 11500 Skyline Blvd.
Failed inspection fines
- Per section 109.3 CFC violation penalties, persons who fail to comply with any requirements of the Fire Code shall be guilty of an infraction punishable of a fine not to exceed $1000.00.
- The City master fee schedule, approved by City Council, lists the fine for a failed 1st vegetation management inspection at $303, failed 2nd inspection is an additional $303 for a total of $606 for failing 2 inspections back to back after a 30 day 1st inspection Notice of Violation.
- Failing a 3rd inspection is a misdemeanor with an administrative hearing notice mailed via certified mail to the violator. Failure to appear results in an additional fee of up to $1531.00 per the master fee schedule and the property being placed out for private contractor bid to clear. The cost of the clearing of the property by a private City contractor will then be billed to the lawful property owner and if unpaid, all fines and fees will be sent to collections for restitution.