Camp Fire Information

Campus Updates

UPDATE: 10:00 a.m., December 11, 2018

The Town of Paradise and Butte County Wildfire Recovery Joint Information Center asked that we share the following information with our campus community. You can find additional resources on their website, ButteCountyRecovers.org.

Community members affected by the Camp Fire are undoubtedly processing through lots of information, so we want to get you the timely, accurate information that requires action as you recovery from the fire. One important step for property owners is removing debris.

Debris Removal

The Consolidated Debris Removal Program has two phases to facilitate the safe removal and handling of household hazardous waste (Phase I) and other fire-related debris (Phase II). Phase I is automatic and already underway (see progress online), but to sign up for Phase II of the program, property owners must complete an Right-of-Entry (ROE) form (PDF) to allow government contractors access to the private property for debris removal. The deadline to return completed ROE forms is January 31, 2019.

You can get the ROE form in the following way:

  • Download the Right-of-Entry form at ButteCountyRecovers.org/debrisremoval
  • Visit the Disaster Recovery Center at 1982 E. 20th Street in Chico (Open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.)
  • Visit the ROE Center at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville (Open Monday–Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)

You can return completed ROE forms in the following ways:

Return the Completed Right-of-Entry Form in Person

Staff are available to review the form for completeness and answer questions.

  • ROE Center
    202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 530.552.3155

  • Disaster Recovery Center
    1982 E. 20th Street in Chico
    Butte County Environmental Health Table
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Return the Completed Right-of-Entry Form by Mail or Email

  • ATTN: Butte County Environmental Health Division
    202 Mira Loma Drive
    Oroville, CA 95965
  • Email to ROE@buttecounty.net

We understand you may have questions about the Consolidated Debris Removal Program. There are many ways property owners can learn about the Program and completing the ROE form.

  • Visit the Debris Removal web page at ButteCountyRecovers.org/debrisremoval and review the list of frequently asked questions.
  • Visit the ROE Center in Oroville or the Disaster Recovery Center in Chico (see locations and hours above).
  • Call the ROE Center at 530.552.3155, Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Email ROE@ButteCounty.net
  • Attend a Debris Removal Community Meeting hosted by the Town of Paradise, Butte County and our state and federal partners. There are two meetings planned currently, and more meetings will be set.
    • December 13, 2018
      State Theater, 1489 Myers Street in Oroville
      Meetings starts at 6:30 pm
    • December 17, 2018
      Calvary Chapel Church, 1888 Springfield Drive in Chico
      Meetings starts at 6:30 pm

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m., November 30, 2018

To: Faculty
From: Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Milton Lang, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer 

We hope you and your families are well during this challenging time and that your return to classes has been as smooth of a transition as can be expected. We know campus and the greater community are still struggling with the Camp Fire, and know that will be true for the days, weeks, and even months to come. Thank you for all you are doing to support one another and our students in this difficult time. It is challenging to navigate a return to normalcy, when people react, process, and cope with tragedy in so many ways.

We respectfully ask that you be mindful of this spectrum as you finish out the semester. As psychology professor and licensed therapist Kyle Horst said in his guide to help faculty navigate moving forward (PDF), “Although no one expects faculty to be the frontline providers for treating deeply felt emotional distress, as professors, we are given the privilege of influence over our students.” We need to demonstrate care and compassion for our students while also supporting their success in class. Be aware that conversations or visuals related to the fire may be very distressing to some students, inhibiting their ability to learn and potentially causing further discomfort. Trauma robs people of control, so providing choices to our campus community is one thing we can do to support everyone. If you do want to process the fire in class, it is important to give students the option to leave if they do not feel comfortable listening or participating.

We know that you want to make the most of the remaining days of the semester, and with so little time left, that will be challenging. However tempting it might be, please do not ask students to make up work and course materials for the time the campus was closed. Students should not be expected to complete extra work during the remainder of the semester. As part of this effort, I would like to remind you that faculty are not to increase student workload during the remainder of the semester to make up the assignments that were due during the emergency campus closure.

It is inevitable that you will not have as much in-person time with your classes this semester, and something or multiple things will need to be cut from your classes and syllabi. In deciding what to abridge, please let your course learning outcomes guide this decision. Keeping our students and their success in mind, determine what is the most essential learning in the course that has not yet occurred and prioritize this material in the remaining class sessions. Should you have any questions about this, please contact your department chair or dean. 

Please pay attention to how students react and conduct themselves in class. Trauma appears in many ways, as Horst outlines (PDF). If you have concerns about a student because of their behavior or missing class, reach out to them you feel comfortable doing so. The Campus Assessment Response and Education (CARE) Team is also happy to check in on students and their well-being, and you can make referrals to care@cschico.edu. The CARE Team will also continue to stage in different locations around campus.

Lastly, 24/7 psychological counseling services are still available to students, faculty, and staff. Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com.

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m., November 26, 2018

To: Students
From: Environmental Health and Safety

In addition to the widespread destruction caused by the Camp Fire, the Sacramento Valley and a significant part of Northern California have been impacted by poor air quality and the presence of ash and other particulates in the environment. 

At Chico State, the safety and well-being of our campus community are always our first priority. Facilities Management and Services staff are working hard to ready the campus for the return of students and employees by replacing 3,000 air filters campuswide, cleaning intake units, and conducting a thorough cleaning to remove ash and other debris. 

In addition to these efforts, there are individual preparations that you can make in anticipation of returning to campus or your residences in Chico, as well as actions that will help maintain a healthy environment once you are back:

N95-rated masks

Students are urged to bring a supply of N95-rated face masks for use on days when the air quality rating requires it. Air quality can be monitored at www.airnow.gov.

Surface cleaning

  • Upon returning to your residence, you should wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth to remove dust and particulates that may have accumulated during your absence.
  • Floors should be damp mopped to remove any dust and particulates.
  • Wash the entryway and doorsteps leading into the residence to reduce tracking ash and debris into the living space. Also have a mat at the front door for wiping your feet before entry.
Sensitivities

Students with higher sensitivities to environmental toxins are advised to: 
  • Wash clothes more frequently
  • Wash hair more frequently, especially at the end of the day
  • Operate the air conditioning in your car in recirculate mode (not in fresh air mode)
Cold and flu season

When campus reopens, cold and flu season will have arrived. Normal practices such as washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizers are urged, as well as getting a flu shot.

The University will continue to monitor air quality and other conditions on campus, and share information with you about what we are doing and what you can do to help ensure a safe environment for us all. We are looking forward to your return.

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m., November 21, 2018

To: Campus Community
From: President Gayle Hutchinson

From the early morning hours of November 8, the North State has been tested by unprecedented challenges after the Camp Fire struck our communities.

Thousands are still displaced or sheltering loved ones, and many of our Wildcats experienced the devastation of the fire firsthand, including more than 230 students, faculty, and staff who lost their homes. All of us need the support and empathy that has always made Chico State a strong and a caring community—one that will grow even stronger as we help one another, our family members, friends, and neighbors to rebuild and recover in the months and years.

Throughout this time, the University has taken careful measure of the ways this natural disaster has disrupted the lives of our students, faculty, staff. We all know resuming classes after an unexpected week away combined with the fall break and amid the loss that many of us are feeling and experiencing, will present challenges. The provost and I have provided specific guidance to our faculty members, who I would like to thank for adjusting their courses and helping all of us complete fall semester as planned.

On Monday, November 26, classes will resume as scheduled. When you and your fellow students, faculty, and staff members return to campus, I hope you will join me as we begin a new chapter of gratitude and resilience at Chico State.

We will reopen the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center in the Bell Memorial Union at 8:30 a.m.Monday to provide emotional support and information to anyone who is struggling after the fires. California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and I will give brief remarks at 9 a.m. The center is a one-stop shop for housing information, academic advising, financial assistance, and other important services. You’ll find Wildcats who can answer your questions about financial aid, leaves, basic needs assistance, and ongoing support, and point to community resources for helping with insurance and other questions. Serving as a drop-in center, it will stay open until 5 p.m. and people can stop by at any time to access its services or gather as a community. 

The Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center will also offer free counseling services throughout the day. Psychological counseling services continue to be available during the closure and beyond through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com. Students may access the Counseling and Wellness Centerduring the closure at 530-898-6345. The CWC will resume its regular office hours on November 26, open to students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in Student Services Center, Room 430.

Our Camp Fire website provides a number of additional resources, including answers to frequently asked questions.

To prepare for campus reopening on Monday, major efforts are underway by Facilities Management and Services. The FMS team started this week, and will continue through the weekend, with changing air filters, cleaning intake units, dusting horizontal surfaces, and clearing entranceways of ash and debris both inside and out.

I want to take a moment to thank the many employees who have been working during the closure to ensure the safety of our campus community in spite of the challenges they faced in their personal lives. Like other people in Butte County, some of our Emergency Operations Center workers, FMS crew, University Police staff, and other essential personnel have been evacuated and some lost homes to the fire, but many have come to work anyway to make this campus safe for all of us and care for others who are impacted. I express my sincerest thanks to all who have worked throughout this crisis for sharing your time and talent with us.

This is only the beginning of our recovery. As Wildcats, when any one of us is impacted, we are all impacted. Amid the most devastating disaster I have ever witnessed, I still see hope and am confident we will rebuild not only our structures but our spirit. This is only the beginning and we will be here for you all along the way. Together, Wildcats rise.

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m., November 18, 2018

After close monitoring of air quality and out of consideration for the impact of the Camp Fire to faculty, staff and students the University has extended the campus closure from November 19 through November 23, 11:59 pm.

The Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center for Chico State employees will open as announced on Monday, November 19, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm in the Bell Memorial Auditorium (BMU).

Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, November 26.

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m., November 15, 2018

To: Campus Community
From: President Gayle Hutchinson

Our entire campus community is shaken from the impact of the Camp Fire, whether you were directly or indirectly impacted. On Monday, November 19, we will open the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center in the Bell Memorial Union to provide emotional support and information to anyone who is struggling after the fires. 

The center is a one-stop shop for counseling, academic advising, employment advice, and other important services. You’ll find Wildcats who can answer your questions about financial assistance, leaves, benefits, payroll, and housing, and point to community resources for helping with insurance and other questions.

The center will open at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments and remarks from me at 9 a.m. Serving as a drop-in center, it is expected to be open until 5 p.m. and people can drop in at any time to access its services or gather as a community.

I hope you will consider arriving when it opens so you have time to reconnect with colleagues and friends as the Wildcat family reunites. I look forward to seeing you soon. Together, Wildcats Rise. Together, we will rebuild our community.

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m., November 14, 2018

As Butte County grapples with the widespread and ongoing devastation of the Camp Fire, we at Chico State are working to understand and address the impact of current wildfires on the heart of our institution—students, faculty, and staff—as well as provide mutual aid to emergency responders. In a survey released to the campus community, hundreds of people have reported significant rates of displacement, home loss, and emotional struggle.

Our hearts are broken for the unfathomable devastation our community is experiencing. With results from just 15 percent of the campus community so far, more than 1,640 Wildcats report they have been affected by wildfires in California and 1,147 of those are related to the Camp Fire. Among them, 166 individuals report losing their home, and 727 have been evacuated or displaced. More than 445 are providing shelter to evacuees. Others are reporting loss of employer, loss of transportation, the death of pets, homes that are standing but damaged, health impacts from air quality, and secondary trauma. If you have not taken the Wildcats Rise Needs Survey(opens in new window) yet, please do, to help us continue to understand our campus needs.

In response to what we already know, Chico State has established Wildcats Rise(opens in new window), a comprehensive effort to provide support and relief to all faculty, staff, and students, including fundraising, counseling and resource support, and spaces to connect.

As of noon today, nearly 940 donors have given $76,700 to the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund(opens in new window) to help us allocate financial resources to students, faculty, and staff who were directly impacted by the fire. Donations to this fund will support those in need of aid for clothing and household goods, electronics such as phones and laptops, transportation, childcare assistance, temporary housing, school supplies, or meal assistance. If you are among those directly affected and you would like University assistance, please review the options(opens in new window) that are available to you and complete an application.

Additionally, the University is planning to establish a care and resources center in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 19, to connect students and employees with on- and off-campus services, including counseling, human resources support, and academic advising. The center will open with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. and remarks by the President at 9 a.m. More details will be forthcoming, and additional days and times will be set based on need.

Lastly, the Wildcats Rise Facebook group(opens in new window) is a place where campus community members can offer and find support for immediate and long-term needs, such as housing, transportation, textbooks, and other resources. 

The University is doing all it can to provide mutual aid that supports external relief efforts. University Police, in partnership with the CSU systemwide Critical Response Unit team, has been providing evacuation assistance, looter patrol, and search and rescue services. While the campus has been not been activated by the emergency incident command as an evacuation center, facilities have opened to house law enforcement, Red Cross volunteers, and other first responders in need of shelter and showers. Faculty and students from the Department of Anthropology’s Human Identification Laboratory are working with law enforcement, including University Police, to locate, process, and identify human remains. Students and faculty supervisors from the School of Nursing are providing medical care in the shelters. The University will continue to host community meetings in Laxson Auditorium for Cal Fire as requested.

Together, we will unite as a community to share information, identify resources, and support those who experienced losses. Wildcats, we are here for you, today and every day as we all begin to recover.

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., November 14, 2018

CSU, Chico Rises to Support Campus and Greater Community Directly Impacted by the Camp Fire

As Butte County grapples with the widespread and ongoing devastation of the Camp Fire, California State University, Chico is working to understand and address the impact of current wildfires on the heart of its institution—students, faculty, and staff—as well as provide mutual aid to emergency responders. In a survey released to the campus community, hundreds of people have reported significant rates of displacement, home loss, and emotional struggle.

Read the full story on Chico State Today.

UPDATE: 3 p.m., November 12, 2018

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson provided a video update on the Camp Fire. You can find the update on the Chico State Facebook page.

UPDATE: 6 p.m., November 10, 2018

We have created this website for campus updates regarding the Camp Fire, ways to support Wildcats, and frequently asked questions.
 
In response to the many inquiries about ways to provide in-kind and other support for our campus community and alumni who were directly impacted by the Camp Fire, the Wildcats Rise Facebook group has been established as a place to offer and find resources.
 
While we are still waiting on numbers, we know many faculty, students, and staff at Chico State have lost their homes or been displaced by the Camp Fire. The Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund will support students, faculty, and staff with assistance and relief.
 
We know that the compassion and care of our Wildcat spirit will help us rise together.
 
UPDATE: 5:40 p.m., November 9, 2018

After significant and careful consideration of many factors, including fire conditions, air quality, and impacts to our faculty, staff, and students, classes are suspended until Monday, November 26, following the fall break.

While the campus continues to remain safe from the fire and no evacuation warnings for our area have been issued, campus operations also will remain closed to faculty, staff, and student employees through Friday, November 16, except for essential personnel. During closure, emergency campus closure leave shall be granted to all employees who were scheduled to work. Students living in the residence halls who choose to remain on campus will have instruction from University Housing and receive an email with pertinent information. All students who remain in Chico should look to their email for programming that will be available to them during this time.

Faculty, staff, and management who cannot return to campus after November 16 need to notify their supervisors and/or deans, who can also answer questions about the campus closure.

Please continue to check email throughout the break for updates and information. Also be on the lookout for a survey we will be sending to all University community members via email that will help us learn more about how we might help people recover from this unprecedented disaster. Academic Affairs will be providing follow-up information to instructors as soon as possible that will address schedule disruption, learning outcomes, and related details.

Air quality has degraded, and we expect that to continue in the coming days. Campus community members who stay in the Chico area should try to remain indoors with filtered air or use an N95 mask. For the latest road conditions and fire status, visit the Cal Fire incident page.

During your time away from campus, please check in with one another, and as you are able to, consider helping others. We know our students, faculty, and staff have been severely impacted by the fire, many have been displaced, and others are supporting loved ones who were impacted. We look forward to sharing details with how we will support affected members of our Wildcat community as Butte County recovers from this tragedy.

Counseling services will continue to be available. Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com (password: csuchico).

We all need the support and the empathy that always have made our University and the North State a strong and a caring community—one that will grow even stronger as we help our family members, friends, neighbors, and one another rebuild in the months and years to come. 

I thank each one of you for the grace, strength, and compassion you have shown one another during this difficult time. I have never been more proud to be part of the Chico State community.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m., November 9, 2018

Due to smoke from the nearby Camp Fire, Chico air quality has been compromised. Air quality is currently in the “Moderate” range and is expected to worsen into the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range.

The University has a limited supply of N95 masks. They will be provided for free to students, faculty, and staff who identify as "sensitive populations," which is anyone with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues that are under the treatment of a physicians. The air quality as of now remains “Moderate,” and those concerned should do their best to remain indoors and avoid strenuous activity.

Staff and students may obtain masks at the Information Center on the corner of West Second Street and Normal Avenue until noon. Students living on campus may get their masks from their residence halls. Please have your campus ID.

If you’re unsure about the air quality in your area, you can monitor it at AirNow.gov.

UPDATE: 9 a.m., November 9, 2018

The University’s Emergency Operations Center closely monitored the Camp Fire overnight as it continued to burn southeast of the city of Chico. Due to firefighting efforts and favorable weather conditions, including a decrease in wind gusts, the fire has not entered city limits and continues to move away from the city. The Chico State campus is safe and no evacuation warning or order was issued for the area. We will continue to monitor throughout the day.

Campus is closed, and all events have been cancelled for today. For our on-campus residents, the residence halls and Sutter Dining remain open with regular hours of operation.

We know the losses to our community have been significant, and our hearts go out to all who are affected and remain worried about friends and family members in the evacuation zones. If you've evacuated, please register at the Red Cross Safe & Well website. Concerned family and friends can also search the list of those who have registered as “safe and well” by clicking on the “Search Registrants” button.

Our compassion and care are hallmarks of the Chico Experience, and we are so grateful to those who have expressed sympathies and support for those impacted by this horrific fire. For those looking to support fire victims, there are a number a ways to help:

  • Monetary donations: North Valley Community Foundation has activated a Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund to support evacuees.
  • Donated goods: Bidwell Presbyterian Church (208 W 1st St, Chico) is a donation drop-off center for the Red Cross, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Current needs include: diapers (child/adult), toiletries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, water, and snack foods and nonperishable foods.
  • VolunteerCaring Choices Emergency Volunteer Center is accepting applications from interested volunteers.
  • Housing: Airbnb has activated its disaster program for Butte County, which allows members of our community to offer housing free of charge. If you are offering housing or in need of housing, visitwww.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/buttecounty.

The University has informed students who choose to remain on campus or within the city of Chico that they should pack a bag to be ready in the unlikely event of an evacuation. Anyone who wishes to leave and has transportation and a safe place to go, should closely monitor email, @ChicoState on Twitter, and the University website for updates. In the case of a campus evacuation, the University is actively planning how to support those with transportation needs.

This type of incident can evoke a host of emotions that can be challenging to deal with today and beyond. Whatever feelings you may be having, they are real, and we understand. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help or urge others in need to do so. Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com (password: csuchico).

UPDATE: 6:10 a.m., November 9, 2018

The University’s Emergency Operations Center closely monitored the Camp Fire overnight as it continued to burn southeast of the city of Chico. Due to firefighting efforts and favorable weather conditions, including a decrease in wind gusts, the fire has not entered the city. City of Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said this morning, "There is no imminent threat to the city of Chico right now."
 
The Chico State campus is safe and no evacuation warning or order was issued for the area overnight. We will continue to monitor throughout the day. Campus is closed and events have been cancelled for the weekend. We will update as conditions change.

UPDATE: 5:05 p.m., November 8, 2018

As we continue to learn of the devastation in our neighboring communities, our hearts go out to all who are affected. The University will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 9, out of an abundance of caution and in recognition of the impact on our students, faculty, and staff. Residence halls and Sutter Dining will continue to operate. Friday will be a nonwork day for nonessential employees, and emergency campus closure leave shall be granted to all employees who are scheduled to work. Additional information will be forthcoming about events, essential staff, and payroll distribution. We also will continue to post updates online.

We know our Wildcat community is one defined by our compassion and care for one another, and we thank all of you who are taking care of one another in this difficult time. For those looking to support fire victims, the North Valley Community Foundation has activated a Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund to support evacuees. The Caring Choices Emergency Volunteer Center is accepting applications from interested volunteers. Additionally, Airbnb has activated its disaster program for Butte County, which allows members of our community to offer housing free of charge. If you are offering housing or in need of housing, you can access that program here.

Students can call the Counseling and Wellness Center 24/7 at 530-898-6345. Faculty and staff can also utilize 24/7 counseling through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-367-7474 or mylifematters.com.

The safety and well-being of our campus community will always be our first priority. Please know our thoughts are with you.

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m., November 8, 2018

Campus is safe, and there are no evacuation orders in the City of Chico. However, classes have been suspended for the remainder of today due to impacts to campus staffing. Campus remains open. Classes are expected to resume tomorrow, November 9. We will notify you if there is a change. Employees should check email for additional information.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. November 8, 2018

The University continues to closely monitor the Camp Fire, which broke out this morning near the town of Paradise, 15 miles east of Chico.

We are in close communication with our emergency partners and planning for all scenarios, including if we need to close or evacuate, and how to support students with transportation needs. However, there are no evacuation warnings or orders for the Chico area at this time. We will communicate early and often via the Chico State Alerts system, @ChicoState on Twitter, and this website should the situation change.

Your safety will always be our first priority and please trust that we are operating with an overabundance of caution. We are following our emergency protocols to communicate with students, respond to this rapidly evolving situation, and prepare for any additional needs. We are posting updates on the impact to campus online here as we have them.

UPDATE: 11:55 a.m. November 8, 2018

The University is following state and federal emergency protocols for disaster response. At this time, the Red Cross has not requested activation of a shelter at Chico State. We are ready to respond if asked to do so. All those in need of shelter should utilize one of the official shelters:

  • Oroville Nazarene Church at 2238 Monte Vista Ave.
  • Neighborhood Church in Chico at 2801 Notre Dame Blvd.
  • Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley at 199 E Hazel Street
  • Small animals may be evacuated to the Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro, Suite E in Oroville.
  • Evacuated large animals can be taken to the Butte County Fairground at 199 E. Hazel Street in Gridley.

The latest evacuation and shelter information will be posted on the Butte County Twitter account.

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. November 8, 2018

To: Campus Community
From: President Gayle Hutchinson

The University is closely monitoring the Camp Fire. The situation is rapidly evolving, and we are working to provide support to all those affected. For official evacuation, shelter, and other information, please visit Butte County on Twitter.

Campus is safe and remains open, with classes in session. We are posting updates regarding the impact to campus as we have them on the University website. If you are not receiving Chico State Alerts, visit www.csuchico.edu/alerts to ensure you are signed up with current contact information.

Students should attend class only if they feel comfortable doing so, and communicate with faculty when they can about any absences. All faculty should use discretion in choosing whether to hold classes. We encourage all faculty to exercise flexibility in attendance policies and due dates for coursework and exams. Supervisors have been asked to be empathetic with student workers, and express similar leniency. Employees should work with their supervisors if you need to leave or cannot reach campus.

Affected students, faculty, and staff can go to BMU 210 for information and assistance. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Oroville Nazarene Church, 2238 Monte Vista Ave. The Neighborhood Church in Chico at 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. is also open to evacuees. Small animals evacuated due to the Camp Fire can be taken to the Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro, Suite E in Oroville. Evacuated large animals can be taken to the Butte County Fairground at 199 E. Hazel Street in Gridley.

Currently, air quality in Chico is between “Good” and “Moderate.” You can monitor current conditions at airnow.gov. While on campus, the best air quality is inside buildings due to their air filters. If you are among the sensitive population or otherwise susceptible to particulates, please limit your time outdoors.

Please check in with one another to offer support, and check your email regularly for updates.

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. November 8, 2018

As the Camp Fire east of Chico continues to burn, the impacts to air quality in our area will fluctuate. Currently the air quality is between “Good” and “Moderate.” You can monitor current conditions at airnow.gov. While on campus, the best air quality is inside buildings due to their air filters. If you are among the sensitive population or otherwise susceptible to particulates, please limit your time outdoors.

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. November 8, 2018

Affected students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to go to BMU 210 after 11 a.m. for information and assistance. We encourage the campus community to reach out to each other through all available means to provide support. We will continue to update as information is available.

An evacuation shelter has been set up at Oroville Nazarene Church, 2238 Monte Vista Ave. The Neighborhood Church in Chico at 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. is also open to evacuees.

Small animals evacuated due to the Camp Fire can be taken to the Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E in Oroville.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. November 8, 2018

Additional areas in the Town of Paradise are under mandatory evacuation. Please refer to Butte County Sheriff for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews/ 

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UPDATE: 9 a.m. November 8, 2018

To: Campus Community
From: Environmental Health and Safety

The University is closely monitoring the Camp Fire, which started near the community of Pulga in the Feather River canyon. With high winds, it is growing quickly and multiple mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in and around Paradise. Any faculty, staff, or students who live in the area should not hesitate if they need to evacuate. Use caution and drive carefully. Please note that Skyway is being closed at Bruce Road to traffic into Paradise.

Employees should work with your supervisors if you need to leave or cannot reach campus. Students should contact faculty at their convenience. All residents are advised to remain vigilant and prepared as conditions can rapidly change. For evacuation information, the Town of Paradise Call Center is open at 530-872-5951 and Butte County Sheriff’s Department is posting updates on Facebook. An evacuee shelter has opened at the Church of Nazarene in Oroville, at 2238 Monte Vista Ave.

Campus remains open. The University will continue to accommodate and support affected faculty, staff, students and their families. We are closely monitoring the situation in partnership with our regional emergency service partners, and will work with the Red Cross should a shelter need to be opened on campus.