LOS ANGELES -- Continuing a steady recovery from the nation's worst urban brush fire, Oakland, Calif., yesterday priced three series of assessment bonds to help finance the rebuilding underground of utilities that were destroyed in the 1991 blaze.

The $48 million project, including $8.2 million in taxable and tax-exempt bonds, is the most recent of numerous efforts to revive the burned-out Oakland Hills area, where 25 lives were lost and 3,000 homes destroyed.

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