Pepperdine Monitoring Wildfires – Update #9

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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.