At this time, Pepperdine has lifted its shelter-in-place order. The University community is safe and individuals are free to move about the campus. Flames on hillsides near campus were extinguished early this morning, although spot fires may appear and should be reported to Public Safety.
All classes and events on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses are canceled for today, Saturday, November 10, 2018. An update on whether classes will be held for Monday, November 12 will be given by 3 PM today.
We are thankful for the cooperation and understanding of our community throughout this event.
The Woolsey and Hill fires continue, and flames have jumped to the south side of the 101 in some locations. Smoke from the fires can be seen on campus. The Malibu campus is currently experiencing a campus-wide power outage which is also affecting Calabasas, Malibu, and other surrounding areas.
The University is monitoring the situation very closely and is in touch with fire and other officials. We may need to relocate the community to our shelter-in-place locations (which are the Tyler Campus Center and the Firestone Fieldhouse). In the event we begin these protocols, Housing and Residence Life representatives will be main points of contact for information and instructions. We will also be sending notifications via Everbridge, our mass communication system which will attempt to connect with you via email, text message, or by phone. You may not always receive these messages or get them in a timely manner if the power is out. This is why messaging through Housing and Residence Life representatives will be so important.
Classes are canceled and offices are closed on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses for today, November 9, 2018. All other campuses remain open at this time. Faculty and staff working on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses should not report to work unless they are critical support personnel, as designated by their supervisor. Critical support personnel on the Malibu campus should follow established departmental protocols for determining whether to report to campus if they can safely do so.
Spring and summer online registration for Seaver College will continue as scheduled. Services in the Counseling Center, chaplain’s office, and Student Health Center also will be available throughout the day.
A number of strong, wind-driven fires continue to burn in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with all manner of firefighting efforts being employed, including air operations. The Calabasas campus is now under mandatory evacuation and was vacated yesterday evening. The Malibu campus is not currently affected by these evacuation orders, but the fires continue to burn and could be a threat to the campus if they are driven down toward the coast by winds. Many of our community members living in these surrounding areas have been impacted by the fires and have been displaced by the evacuation orders.
The University will continue to monitor all conditions in the area, and in particular the Hill and Woolsey fires. Mandatory evacuation orders are currently in place for large and growing portions of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park, and other areas. The 101 freeway remains closed in both directions between the 23 freeway and the Santa Rosa exit.
This situation is fluid and developing rapidly with changing fire conditions. For the latest information, please visit the University’s Emergency Information Page.
A number of fires continue to burn in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. These are strong, wind-driven fires. All manner of firefighting efforts are being employed, including air operations. The University is monitoring all conditions in the area, and in particular the Hill and Woolsey fires.
The Malibu campus is not currently affected by these evacuation orders. The Calabasas campus was vacated earlier and is now under mandatory evacuation.
This is a very fluid situation and is developing rapidly with changing fire conditions. Mandatory evacuation orders are currently in place for large and growing portions of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park, and other areas. The 101 freeway remains closed in both directions between the 23 freeway and the Santa Rosa exit.
Please be advised of the following:
- Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies.
- Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).
- The latest information from Pepperdine’s EOC is also available on the University’s Emergency Information Page or Emergency Recorded Message line (888.286.5659).