The Pepperdine Emergency Operations Committee remains active today and is monitoring the continued impact of the Woolsey Fire. The Malibu and Calabasas campuses are closed and will remain closed throughout the Thanksgiving holiday period. Students have now received information via email from their professors about remote administration of courses and should reach out to professors with any questions. Staff should communicate with their supervisors regarding work expectations for today and the rest of this week.
The Woolsey Fire Incident Command Post announced that some City of Malibu, unincorporated Malibu area neighborhoods, and other neighborhoods in the Conejo Valley region are now open to residents only, but access to some areas within these neighborhoods requires a valid I.D. showing a local address. Visit the Los Angeles County Woolsey Fire website for more information. At this time, Malibu area businesses and their employees, including Pepperdine, will not be allowed access. All roads into Malibu including Pacific Coast Highway and all canyon roads remain closed. The 101 freeway is open in both directions and access ramps are open.
The Woolsey Fire is now 47 percent contained and has burned more than 97,000 acres and destroyed more than 483 structures. The Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service is scheduled to end today at 5 PM.
Air quality in the region can be affected by the Woolsey fire. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) monitors outdoor air quality in Southern California and recommends wearing a mask or limiting outdoor activities when individuals can smell a wildfire. Their website map shows the current conditions. At present, SCAQMD shows air quality for Malibu and Calabasas as “good,” though conditions could change. Pepperdine will offer appropriately rated masks to any community members at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses for use as necessary.
The Pepperdine community is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions and to continue to adhere to new or existing road closures and evacuation warnings.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Pepperdine community members experiencing significant loss and displacement. The University continues to monitor campus conditions to ensure safety and campus operations. The Malibu campus remains inaccessible. The Calabasas campus requires some cleaning and minor repairs.
The University continues to assess the campus work environments following the fire. Because cleaning is required in some areas, faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely, when feasible, for the remainder of this week. Once roads are opened, supervisors may determine that they or designated members of their staff need to return to campus to work or to retrieve items. Such faculty and staff are welcome to return to campus, understanding that there are minimal campus services, such as trash pick-up, at this time.
Faculty expectations will be communicated through deans’ offices. Staff supervisors are asked to communicate work expectations to their teams. Some staff are able to complete some or all of their duties remotely, while others cannot. Staff will continue to be compensated if they are unable to work due to the aforementioned issues through Friday, November 16. Please reference the Faculty/Staff FAQ webpage on how to complete time cards.
Because of the current dynamic conditions, faculty and staff will receive further updates later in the week. The University will continue to share information as it becomes available.
The Pepperdine Emergency Operations Committee remains active today and is monitoring the ongoing impact of the Woolsey Fire. The Malibu campus continues to be free from any new flames.
Classes are canceled and campuses closed today for both Malibu and Calabasas. These campuses will remain closed throughout the Thanksgiving holiday period, and students will receive information from professors via email about remote administration of courses no later than 5 PM today. All staff should check with their supervisors regarding work expectations for tomorrow and the coming days.
In response to questions regarding the Malibu and Calabasas campus closures, the University has developed a Woolsey Fire community updates website to host frequently asked questions. Additional responses will be added as new information becomes available.
The Woolsey Fire is now 35 percent contained and has burned more than 96,000 acres and destroyed more than 426 structures. A smoke advisory is currently in effect for residents in the Los Angeles area. The air in Malibu continues to be impacted by residual smoke, and health officials have recommended that anyone outside wear a mask. The University will provide recommended masks to any University community members at the Malibu or Calabasas campuses.
The City of Malibu, areas of unincorporated Los Angeles County, and other areas where many of our students and employees live remain under a mandatory evacuation order. All roads into Malibu including Pacific Coast Highway and all canyon roads remain closed, and no persons are permitted to re-enter Malibu until further notice. The 101 freeway is open, but off ramps are stilled closed between Valley Circle and Liberty Canyon.
The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning through Wednesday, November 14, at 5 PM for gusty northeast winds and very low relative humidity throughout the mountains and coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
We will continue to keep the community updated as new information becomes available.
Pepperdine’s EOC remains active and monitoring the Woolsey fire which has burned 91,500 acres, is 20% contained, and has destroyed 360+ structures. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00 PM. Sustained winds of 20-30 MPH and gusts up to 55 MPH are predicted.
University officials continue to closely monitor the activity. The Malibu campus remains free of any significant new flames, although spot fires may still occur. LA County Fire continues to use Alumni Park for air operations support, drawing water from our campus lakes to fight fire activity in Malibu Canyon. The air in Malibu is impacted by residual smoke, and health officials recommend anyone outside wears a mask.
Road closures remain in place throughout the region preventing individuals from entering the area. However, PCH south is currently open to exit the Malibu area.
L.A. County issued a boil water notice Sunday night for the Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 29’s Point Dume and Encinal Canyon areas and the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s customers south of Westlake Village, east of the Ventura County line, north of the City of Malibu and west of Corral Canyon. This order does not apply to the University’s Malibu campus.
In response to questions already coming in regarding the Malibu and Calabasas campus closures, the University has developed a Woolsey Fire community updates website to host frequently asked questions. Several questions and answers are available for faculty and staff and additional responses for students will be added on an ongoing basis.