Supporting those affected by the North Bay fires

We all awoke this morning stunned by the destruction caused by the fires burning out of control in the North Bay area of Northern California. One fire-related death has been reported near Willits in Mendocino County, and more than 1,500 homes and other buildings have burned. Many areas have been evacuated. We hope firefighters will soon control and extinguish these devastating wildfires, though we know it will take years to rebuild the area.

We encourage anyone in our campus community impacted by these fires to reach out for support.

Students should seek support from staff in their college and with Counseling and Psychological Services. Additionally, the Slug Support program is available as a resource.

Employees can use the Employee Assistance Program, which provides personal counseling and support.

The fire’s smoke reaches all the way to campus, and we encourage people to monitor the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District website, especially if you have concerns about fire-related air quality in the Santa Cruz area.