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Cal State Northridge cancelled classes today amid the high winds and growing fire danger.
The campus is several miles west of the Creek Fire zone. That fire destroyed at least 30 homes and burned 12,000 acres.
In anticipation of the heavy winds, all Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city’s Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials said Wednesday afternoon.
The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles.
Here is the CSUN statement:
CSUN campus is closed and classes have been canceled for Thursday, December 7. High winds and smoke from the fires in and around the San Fernando Valley have affected air quality on campus and traffic conditions. University officials are closely monitoring the situation and will post updates as necessary.
Students, faculty and staff should not come to campus Thursday. Students should consult with their instructor if they have questions regarding their coursework. Employees scheduled to work this day will be granted administrative leave (with no deduction to personal hours accrued) due to the campus closure.