4-alarm fire breaks out in Oakland Hills, Berkeley firefighters assist

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A four-alarm grass fire broke out in the Oakland Hills on Tuesday afternoon, threatening at least 30 homes, according to the Oakland Fire Department. Berkeley Fire Department dispatched two units to the area as mutual aid.

The fire began in the area of Edwards Avenue and Mountain Boulevard in Oakland before it began spreading at a “rapid rate” towards Campus Drive near Merritt College. The second alarm was requested about 12:24 p.m.

Evacuations were underway by 12:29 p.m., with engines providing protection to structures in the area, according to OFD. The third alarm was requested about 12:31 p.m., and the fourth alarm followed about 12:39 p.m.

BFD released a tweet about 1:23 p.m., stating that it would be sending two units to Oakland as mutual aid.

Check back for updates.

Harini Shyamsundar is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @hshyamsundar.