Malibu

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire – Final Update

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting they have the Knolls fire near Hughes Research Laboratory under control. Firefighters will remain in the area to conduct mop up operations and monitor the burn areas for the next several hours to ensure the fire is extinguished. At this time road closures remain in place on Malibu Canyon Road, and traffic may continue to to be impacted on Pacific Coast Highway.

This will be the final update on the fire unless conditions materially change.

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).

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire – Update #1

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Pepperdine continues to monitor the Knolls wildfire burning near Hughes Research Laboratory. The fire does not appear to be threatening campus at this time. The incident is visible from campus and the Los Angeles County Fire Department is using Alumni Park to support air operations. The fire is still burning, but Los Angeles County Fire has confirmed forward progress of the fire is stopped. Due to the fire, officials have closed Malibu Canyon Road. Traffic may also be restricted on Pacific Coast Highway.

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).

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire

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Pepperdine is monitoring the Knolls wildfire which is burning near Hughes Research Laboratory, 3477 Malibu Canyon Road, less than a mile from Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus. While the incident is visible from campus and the Los Angeles County Fire Department is using Alumni Park to support air operations, the fire is burning towards Civic Center Way and does not appear to be threatening campus at this time. Due to the fire, officials have closed Malibu Canyon Road to southbound traffic between Malibu Knolls Road to Pacific Coast Highway. Traffic may also be restricted on Pacific Coast Highway.

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).

Red Flag Warning – January 18-19, 2021

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties beginning Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10 PM through Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10 PM due to strong and damaging northeast to east winds and moderately low humidity.

Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:

  • Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus call Public Safety at 310.506.4441. At all other locations report smoke by calling 911.
  • Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
  • Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
  • Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.

During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here

The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.