Occidental Campus Unaffected by Wildfires
Apart from poor air quality, Southern California wildfires have had no direct impact on the Occidental College campus.
The Sayre fire, which began in the Los Angeles community of Sylmar, 12 miles northwest of campus, continues to move west, and the Freeway Complex fire is even further away, 25 miles to the southeast.
"Our hearts go out to everyone whose lives have been touched by the fires, including our colleagues at Westmont College in Montecito, which suffered damage in the Tea fire," said Occidental President Robert A. Skotheim. "I know that everyone on campus joins me in extending our sympathy and support to all fire victims, and in being sensitive to the needs of affected community members at this difficult time."
Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and decreasing winds are in the forecast this week, all of which are expected to help firefighters gain the upper hand. Even at the height of the blazes, Occidental's campus was never in jeopardy; thanks to its location in northeast Los Angeles, the College has never been threatened by a major wildfire.