Fires in California: An Update

Over the past few days, two deadly wildfires have erupted in California, the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County and the Camp Fire in Butte County. The Camp Fire has been described as the most destructive and deadliest in state history.

At this time, 30 percent of the Camp Fire is contained and as a result of the smoke drifting, the Bay Area’s air-quality index is in the unhealthy range. Members of the university community are advised to limit outdoor activities. The National Weather Service is not predicting any significant shift in the smoky conditions of the region until around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Updates about the location and status of the fires are available at the Cal Fire web site and in numerous local news media outlets including here.

Updates about air quality can be found at the EPA AirNow website.

These fires undoubtedly affect some of our own students, faculty, staff, alumni, and patients, or their friends and family members. We encourage you to be flexible with your schedule if you are being immediately affected or need to care for family members or other loved ones who are impacted by the fires.

Please also keep in mind that the University has an Employee Assistance Program available to employees and their dependents. This program offers free and confidential assessment and counseling services for people who are in need.

Resources for students include Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provided through the University. More details can be found here.

Students who would like more information about assistance available to them may also contact the dental school’s Office of Student Services on the 4th Floor.

With these disasters, please join me in keeping all the members of the Dugoni School family and their loved ones who have been affected by these terrible fires in your thoughts and hearts.