The correct answer would be thirteen fires, including the recent Hiller flare-up.
Montclarions and nearby Hills inhabitants have lived through some amazing fires. Yet homes have covered up the 1991 destruction, and newcomers arrive without memories.
Lest we forget, the Diablo Winds sparked some devastating fires in 1923, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1946, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1995 and 2002.
Some fires were worse than others. The 1,000+ acre fires happened in 1931, 1933, 1946, 1960 and 1991. Of course, the ones wiping out the most homes took place in 1923 and 1991.
The fires will appear again – and maybe we are a bit smarter about controlling brush and trying to defend our homes against them.
The pleasures of Montclair living, right? We like our trees and beautiful vegetation, but it comes with some risk.
More info: Compliance standards – Hills fire history – Oakland fire dept