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Colby Fire Update: APU Azusa Campus Not Threatened

Posted: January 16, 2014

Update: 4:30 p.m., 1/17/14

Colby Fire Updates:

  • Firefighters made good progress to take control of the fire today, which is at 30 percent containment.
  • The Azusa Police Department will continue to use the soccer field parking lot as a staging area, but fire personnel left.
  • Air quality remains poor. Those with sensitivities should remain indoors as much as possible.

We are grateful for the more than 1,100 emergency responders working the front lines to protect the Azusa and Glendora communities.

This will be the final update from the university unless anything significant changes that may impact our community.

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Update: 8 a.m., 1/17/14

Fire crews are continuing to fight hot spots in the Colby Fire, which holds steady with 1,700 acres burned and 30 percent containment. The fire remains a safe distance from APU.

The university is open and classes continue as scheduled. Athletes, please check with your coaches regarding today's practices.

The Azusa Police Department along with fire responders will continue to use APU's parking lot at the West Campus soccer fields as a staging area today. 

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Update: 4 p.m., 1/16/14

The Colby Fire, still estimated at 1,700 acres, is currently burning north, away from campus. Though smoke has decreased in the immediate area, we continue to encourage those with sensitivities to the air quality to stay indoors.

Please continue to pray for the men and women battling the fire, and for those impacted by the fire. More than 2,000 people have been evacuated, including some of our APU community members.
 
The L.A. County Fire Department will provide updates on the fire's status at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. today. Additional information is available from the Azusa Police Department for the city of Azusa: "Summary of Resources for Residents Effected by the Colby Fire."
 
We will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night and will provide updates if we have news that impacts the APU community.

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Update: 11:30 a.m., 1/16/14

Clarifications and updates regarding the fire:

APU's campus is not in the evacuation zone. The university is a safe distance from the fire.

  • Classes are continuing as scheduled.
  • The Athletics Department has canceled all outdoor practices.
  • Those with asthma should communicate with their professors if they are unable to make it to class. Your health is very important to us, so please do what is best for you. Please go to the Student Health Center if you are having trouble breathing.
  • Due to our location, including the fact that we are a safe distance from the fire, L.A. County Fire Department will be staging fire engines in APU's West Campus parking lot near the soccer fields.

Campus Safety, the APU Incident Command Team, and university administrators have been closely monitoring the situation since the fire broke out early this morning. We remain in contact with local police and fire agencies to assess the fire's impact to health and safety, and will keep you apprised of any significant updates that may affect our community.

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Update: 10:15 a.m., 1/16/14

The Colby Fire continues to burn northeast of campus. The fire has burned about 1,700 acres according to the L.A. County Fire Department. The APU campus remains a safe distance from the fire. Please continue to pray for emergency personnel who are responding.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for homes north of Sierra Madre Avenue, east of Azusa Avenue to Colby Mountain Trail, including the Mountain Cove community. An evacuation center has been set up at Finkbiner Park next to Legion Hall.

For those in our community who live in the evacuation zones, please keep your immediate campus contacts informed: Faculty, contact your department chairs; staff, contact your immediate supervisors; and students, contact Student Life at (626) 812-3061 if you need support or prayer.

The Student Health Center is open and can help those experiencing breathing difficulties due to the smoke and ash. Please walk in or call the office at (626) 815-2100. If you have asthma, please stay indoors as much as possible. Outdoor activities are canceled.

We will continue to monitor the fire and provide updates throughout the day.

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Update: 9 a.m., 1/16/14

Notice from the Student Health Center:

Dear Students,

With the fire that we are currently experiencing and the air pollution that results from that, there will likely be some of you that experience some breathing problems.  If you do experience any difficulties, please feel free to call the Student Health Center (626-815-2100) for an appointment or even walk in and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you have asthma and have either run out of your inhaler or don't have it with you, we do have a supply of them as well as breathing treatments available.

God bless,

Dr. Todd Emerson

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Update: 7:50 a.m., 1/16/14

Please continue to pray for firefighters as they work to protect homes and properties from the Colby Fire burning in Glendora. The fire has burned around 125 acres northeast of campus. The university remains safe.

Due to the significant smoke resulting from the fire, we encourage everyone to stay indoors as much as possible. 

Classes will continue as scheduled. Outdoor activities and practices may be rescheduled. Please check with your coaches for updates.

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Update: 6:40 a.m., 1/16/14

A brush fire is burning in east of campus in Glendora, near Glendora Mountain Road, and has burned about 12 acres since it was first reported shortly before 6 a.m.

Though visible from campus, the fire has not threatened APU in any way. Emergency personnel are working quickly to respond. Please keep them in prayer.

Those with sensitivities to smoke are advised to stay indoors.