Pepperdine Monitoring Wildfires – Update #11

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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.