The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 22, 1991 · Page 7
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 7

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Tuesday, October 22, 1991
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A-8Nation THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 22, 1991 Oakland fire contained; daraa ge tally begins wmip i'i.imi..i .linn i. li "nm ll i ; . i v ; 1 .! ! I - ' ; $ :f:Vf4 U vTt i- 1 - I,,,,, II ' ' 1 The Associated PressReed Saxon Jerry De Jorno, right, whose home of 48 years was destroyed, embraces neighbor Alice Fried as they look over the devastation of their Oakland Hills subdivision. Russ Watson of Oakland, Calif., checks the damage to his neighbors' wall was left standing when he returned early Monday morning. Firefighters battle weather in West The Associated PressTory Read house in Oakland Hills. Only one ern Colorado wilderness fires that burned more than 600 acres. The worst of the fires, in the Uncom-paghre National Forest, burned 450 acres in three days. Idaho One death was reported in fires that blackened about 5,000 acres last week. At least four homes and several cabins were destroyed. Wyoming Firefighters appeared to have the upper hand on a 7,100-acre fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. The fire was 80 contained along its southern, western and eastern flanks. The Associated PressJohn Mabanglo An unidentified Oakland Hills resident walks through the rubble of his home. The governor of California is asking for federal disaster aid to help the area. ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES OAKLAND, Calif. An armada of firetrucks swarmed Monday over the hills above Oakland as firefighters contained a deadly $1.5 billion blaze that left at least 400 hillside houses in ruins. The massive fire one of the worst in U.S. history raced Sunday through affluent districts overlooking San Francisco Bay and burned through the night. It killed at least 14 people, injured nearly 150 and chased 5,000 from their homes, according to city and state officials. Ten people were reported missing, and at least 200 non-residential buildings were destroyed. Gov. Pete Wilson declared an emergency Sunday and said he is asking President Bush to make the declaration on a national level. Fire Chief Phillip Lamont Ewell said the fire was contained at dawn and firefighters hoped to have it under control by nightfall. In dollars, the brush and forest fire that destroyed hundreds of homes in Oakland, Calif., rivals the devastation of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Early estimates put property damage in Oakland and neighboring Berkeley at $1.5 billion, with 1,700 acres burned. The National Fire Protection Association lists loss of the historic Chicago blaze, in 1990 dollars, at $1.8 billion. The association lists the 1871 catastrophe as the second-worst fire loss in U.S. history. The worst was the result of the huge fire that followed the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, when an estimated $5 billion in damage occurred. Most of the "great quake" damage was attributable to the fire. Fleeing residents who left garden hoses on to fight the fire inadvertently hampered professional firefighters, officials said. Oakland water officials went house to house in all the fire-ravaged areas they could reach Monday, turning off water lines damaged or left open by residents and trying to restore some of the city's depleted water pressure. Dawn brought an eerie sight: banks of gray smoke swirling above blackened neighborhoods, soft winds sighing through streets as quiet as a ghost town. In the hard-hit Shebout Canyon area, Alice Fried mourned the loss of her half-million dollar house on Roble Road, which she and her 15-year-old daughter fled just at the flames closed in. "I went and watched my house go up in flames," Fried said. "I stood there and watched the house burn. Now that I've returned and see that I have nothing, I can go on. PLEASE CUP AND MAIL I PLEASE IIEIPUS I AT THANKSGIVING . . . pmkk traditional home-ooked Thanksgiving dinners with at the trimmings for thenungn and shelter for the homeless during this Thanksgiving season and throughout the year. $14.70 will feed 10 hungry people $29.40 will feed 20 hungry people $58.80 will feed 40 hungry people $147 will feed 100 hungry people Please help the needy share in the joy of Thanksgiving. (gjpR, estimated cost LSlhj CITY GOSPEL MISSION P.O. Box 145443. Dept. S1T-24690-A Cincinnati. OH 45250-9925 OUR 67TH YEAR x .- ,::X . I bring high wind. More than 1,000 firefighters fought the blaze in Willamette National Forest. The fire was 80 contained. Washington Wind picked up Monday, giving 3,000 firefighters new cause for worry as they braced for fires in the area around Spokane. Thirty-four major fires blackened about 43,000 acres around Spokane since last week. More than 100 homes were destroyed and one person was killed. Colorado Eighty firefighters doused hot spots Monday at sites of two west- And THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Firefighters on Monday contained a devastating fire in Oakland, Calif., but continued to battle remnants of that blaze and scores of other fires throughout the West. So far, the wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes, burned more than 260,000 acres and killed at least 15 people. California At least three other fires burned Monday in Northern California, including a blaze of more than 2,000 acres in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. In Southern California, a 2,100-acre fire raged out of control through thick vegetation in the rugged mountains of Los Padres National Forest. Eight campgrounds were evacuated but no communities were threatened. Montana About 4,000 firefighters braced for 70 mph wind as they battled a dozen fires that burned about 200,000 acres. Three people died; seven houses were destroyed. 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