Southern California Wild Fires Cause UCLA Anderson Campus Closure

California Wild Fire Closes UCLA

As wildfires rage in Southern California, UCLA Anderson School of Management has been forced to cancel classes for the past two days. The Skirball Fire, named for the Skirball Cultural Center near where the fire is believed to have originated, broke out early Wednesday morning. It also caused the closure of the famed Getty Center and Museum. The fire is just one of four blazes currently burning in areas around Los Angeles as powerful Santa Ana winds combine dangerously with extremely dry conditions.

All classes since yesterday, December 6, were cancelled across the entire UCLA campus, including at the business school. While the campus itself was reported to be safe, difficult traffic conditions related to the fire prevented many students, faculty, and staff from reaching the school, leading to the decision to cancel classes. The fire caused a complete closure of the 405 Freeway, a main artery in the congested Los Angeles region.

The official UCLA twitter account announced today’s cancellations late last night:

For periods Wednesday, UCLA was forced to operate on internal power only, required that power be cut to non-essential buildings.  The UCLA Department of Recreation also cancelled all outdoor recreation for the remainder of the day and recommended that members of the community avoid outdoor activity and strenuous indoor activity due to air quality concerns.

USC Marshall School of Business, located 13 miles east of UCLA closer to downtown Los Angeles, was unaffected by the blaze, though it retweeted a message of support from the larger University of Southern California for any students affected by the wildfires and encouraging affected students and their families to take advantage of student counseling services.

Stay tuned to MetroMBA and Clear Admit for more updates on the wildfire as it is revealed.

This article has been edited, updated, and republished on our sister site, Clear Admit.


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