Photos: The Aftermath of the Deadly October 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm

On Oct. 19, 1991, a small brush fire in the hills above Oakland that appeared to be under control turned into one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history just hours later.

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California Department of Water Resources
This aerial view looks onto the heavily populated Hiller Highlands neighborhood and the Highland Country Club in Oakland in the aftermath of the deadly 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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California Department of Water Resources
The East Bay Hills fire of Oct. 19-22, 1991 was also known as the Tunnel Fire.
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NBC Bay Area Chopper
Twenty-five people were killed and more than 3,000 structures were destroyed by the United States' largest urban wildfire.
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California Department of Water Resources
This aftermath view of the 1991 Oakland Hills firesetorm is in the heavily populated Hiller Highlands neighborhood.
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California Department of Water Resources
This view of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire burn area looks west toward Highway 24 with the Grove Shafter Freeway in the background.
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California Department of Water Resources
This view of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire burn area looks west from Grand View Drive in the Hiller Highlands neighborhood.
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AP
This 1991 Oakland Hills fire aftermath view looks west onto the intersection of Hiller Drive and Windward Hill in the heavily populated Hiller Highlands neighborhood.
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California Department of Water Resources
A burned gate and block wall are among the few things left standing after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. This view looks west from Grand View Drive in the Hiller Highlands neighborhood.
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EFE/WORLD PRESS
A statue is left behind by the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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EFE/WORLD PRESS
Some of the destruction left behind by the October 1991 Oakland Hills fire in the heavily populated Claremont Hills and Hiller Highlands neighborhoods.
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EFE/WORLD PRESS
Mailboxes sit among the ruins of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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KSNV
A burned out car is seen among the rubble left by the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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EFE
This view of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire burn areais from Grand View Drive looking onto Hiller Drive and the entrance of Spy Glass Hill in the Hiller Highlands neighborhood of Oakland.
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California Department of Water Resources
A view of the aftermath of the Oct. 19-22, 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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California Department of Water Resources
The 1991 Oakland Hills fire rampaged through trees that burned quickly after one of California's yearslong dry spells.
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California Department of Water Resources
This aftermath view of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire looks west onto the intersection of Hiller Drive and Windward Hill in the heavily populated Hiller Highlands neighborhood.
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Jenn Koz
A view of destruction after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, looking west onto Schooner Hill in the heavily populated Hiller Highlands neighborhood in Oakland.
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California Department of Water Resources
A burned out car in the aftermath of the deadly 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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California Department of Water Resources
Burned out cars are pictured on a street in the path of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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California Department of Water Resources
A burned out car on a hillside in the path of the deadly 1991 Oakland Hills fire.
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