Pepperdine Monitoring Wildfires – Update #10

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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.