Occidental Unaffected by Wildfires
With the arrival of cooler temperatures and even fog that rolled over Los Angeles this morning, Southern California's latest trial by fire is coming to an end.
The last two remaining fires, to the south of Occidental in Orange and San Diego counties, are expected to be fully contained this weekend, despite the predicted reappearance of Santa Ana winds. Even at the height of the fires, 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.
"Our hearts go out to all members of the Occidental community whose lives have been touched by this tragedy, including our many alumni who live in Southern California," said Occidental President Susan Prager. "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."
The only direct impact the fires have had at Occidental is the poor air quality, caused by smoke that has spread throughout Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is predicting moderate air quality in the Los Angeles basin today, and health officials have declared that with a few exceptions in Orange and San Diego counties, outdoor activity is once again safe. Intercollegiate athletic contests postponed last week due to air quality concerns were played Monday.