SoCal colleges cancel classes amid wildfires

Homes burn as fire roars through a Sylmar neighborhood. CREDIT: News Source LA

Colleges throughout Los Angeles County canceled classes and closed their campuses Thursday as a result of the wildfires raging through Southern California.

As of Thursday morning, campus closures were reported at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Monica College.

These closures could affect students in the Santa Clarita Valley who commute to campus to take classes throughout the day and evening.

Colleges throughout the area reported that they closed their campuses due to high winds, continued fire danger, smoke from surrounding fires and ongoing traffic conditions.

At CSUN, officials announced the campus closures and class cancellations at 5:30 a.m. due to weather conditions.

“High winds and smoke from the fires in and around the San Fernando Valley have affected air quality on campus and traffic conditions,” CSUN said in a statement.  “University officials are closely monitoring the situation and will post updates as necessary.”

The university also recommended that students and staff should not come to campus and should consult with their instructors if they have questions regarding coursework.

Homes burn as fire roars through a Sylmar neighborhood. CREDIT: News Source LA

This is the third day Los Angeles Mission College closed its three campuses due to the proximity of the Creek Fire to its facilities.

“The campus is safe but nearby neighborhoods have been evacuated,” the college wrote on its Facebook page.

These closures did not affect colleges in the Santa Clarita Valley, which all remained open Thursday.  California Institute of the Arts, College of the Canyons and The Master’s University stated that they are continuing to monitor the wildfire situation, but that their campuses are safe.

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