As seven wildfires rage across Southern California, forcing evacuations and shutting down highways, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost a home or is threatened by a blaze.
Although UCI remains open, we understand that some members of our Anteater family may be affected by the fires and road closures.
If you are a student impacted by the wildfires, please notify your instructors if you are going to miss class. If you are unable to contact your professors before class, please let them know as soon as possible. Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with such students – and colleagues.
If you are an employee who is unable to travel to work due to evacuation, road closures or other emergencies related to a fire, please notify your supervisor as soon as possible to discuss time off. Supervisors should make every effort to accommodate the needs of affected staff. Please direct any questions about leave requests to the appropriate human resources consultant: campus, health sciences or medical center.
(Anyone traveling to our sister campus UCLA should note that classes there were canceled today.)
Many members of UCI’s campus community want to help out in times of need. Our human resources office has created a disaster relief website to help locate community partners and resources: http://hr.uci.edu/disaster-relief.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for our area. As of this morning, the air quality here was “moderate.” Please avoid vigorous exertion, limit outdoor exposure, and keep windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed and filter clean to prevent smoke from getting inside. Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Services will monitor the air quality on campus. You can check the South Coast AQMD’s air quality index here.
We are monitoring the fire situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.
Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering