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26 years after firestorm, Oakland struggles with compliance in fire-prone hills 
For years, Oakland Hills residents have looked at woodsy, weedy, overgrown lots in their neighborhoods and scoffed at the fire department’s annual claims that fire safety is under control in the fire-prone area. Now, a new study by a nonprofit working to reduce wildfires has concluded residents are right. The eye-ball survey of properties in the Oakland Hills looked at defensible space — the buffer between building structures and vegetation that can help ignite or spread fires.  
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