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WILDFIRE Sweeps Westmont College

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, November 17th, 2008 at 10:18 am in Other.

Firefighters at Westmont College (Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times)
This weekend’s SoCal wildfires have impacted several universities, including Santa Barbara’s Westmont College where the Tea Fire burned eight structures, including the physics building (pictured) and a dormitory, as well as homes in Las Barrancas, where many professors and faculty members live. Fifteen faculty families lost their homes and 50 students lost their dorm rooms when the wildfire raced through campus Thursday night, but everyone is safe. An evacuation order is still in effect, and Westmont’s president is holding a conference call with parents this evening. (Click here for more photos.)

Although UC Santa Barbara itself was not impacted by the Tea Fire, some faculty members and students lived in the affected areas, and the university is mounting relief efforts for them.

In the Los Angeles area, where wildfires also broke out over the weekend, UC Irvine has issued smoke advisories for students and staff with respiratory problems, but all campuses appear to be open.

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