School to remain open despite wildfires

Sophie Haber

President Rick Commons announced in an email to students and parents that school will remain open tomorrow despite local wildfires. The Woolsey Fire is burning through 83,752 acres of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties  and is currently 10 percent contained, and the Hill Fire is now 4,531 acres and 70 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

The school will monitor air quality as winds shift and will adjust scheduled outdoor activities if necessary, Commons said in the email.

Students who live south of the 101 Freeway on the Ventura Canyon line to Malibu Canyon were forced to evacuate this weekend. Commons urged families that were seriously impacted by the fires to contact their deans so that the school can provide support.

“I know you join me in thoughts and prayers for those who are suffering most,” Commons wrote in the email.

In light of the wildfires, Community Council added programming that will aid fire victims to their upcoming “Community Service Week” set for Nov. 12-16.

In addition to a bake-sale for fire relief that was already scheduled for Nov. 14, Community Council will collect donations for fire fighters and people affected by the fires throughout the week.

“Once we heard about the three devastating fires, we recognized the importance of adding more to our fire relief efforts for the week,” Community Council member Rebecca Sugerman ’19 said.

In addition to the fires in Southern California that forced students out of their homes, California firefighters have also been battling the Camp Fire in Northern California this weekend, which has caused at least 23 deaths, making it the state’s most deadly fire since 1991.