Office of the President

November 8, 2018 – Camp Fire update

To: Faculty and Staff
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 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 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.