Oct 28, 2020

To the campus community:

As wildfires continue to burn in Southern California, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to the two firefighters who were severely injured on the job as well as those who are affected by these fires.

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, campus operations for indoor activity and limited non-strenuous outdoor activities may resume under COVID-19 guidelines. While the fires are not an immediate threat to UCI at this time, wildfires can be unpredictable and conditions may change. Please visit CAL FIRE for the latest updates: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/. If you are in an area where an evacuation order has been issued due to fire danger, please take this seriously. Our primary goal is the health and safety of our community. Flexibility is encouraged for faculty to support students who are impacted by these fires, and supervisors are encouraged to work with affected staff and faculty.

Environmental Health & Safety will continue to closely monitor the air quality on campus and provide updates as necessary.

As a reminder, here is a list of available resources:

  • Students and their families who are facing significant impacts due to the loss of their home or are in need of support due to evacuations, please contact the Campus Social Worker at campussocialworker@uci.edu or (949) 824-0101.
  • Faculty and staff who find themselves in need of support, have access to the Employee Assistance Program. Another available resource is the Employee Experience Center (EEC) and can be reached at eec@uci.edu or (949) 824-0500.
  • Sign up for zotALERT and make sure to update your contact information if it changes.
  • Download the free With U · For U mobile app (App Store or Google Play) to quickly access safety resources and report safety concerns.
  • Make or purchase an Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Make an Emergency Plan with your family and/or friends.
  • Review campus emergency procedures.
  • Review OC Fire Authority Ready Set Go webpage.
  • Register at www.alertoc.com, a mass notification system for Orange County residents and businesses.

Please visit uci.edu/status/ for the latest information from UCI on fire impacts.


Hal S. Stern, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics

Ronald S. Cortez, JD, MA
Chief Financial Officer
Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration