For some reason, as I go through my old photos, the fire photos are really affecting me. Even before I noticed them in my stack of "photos to scan," I was noticing again how the hills have grown up thicker with eucalyptus than before, and the plan to places houses farther apart and make roads wider is barely there. And I might be wrong, but I think
that Oakland never did get around to making its fire hydrants compatible with the hoses of surrounding towns' fire departments.
But anyway: I'm thinking of it, eighteen years later.