Woolsey Fire Remediation

Thank you for your inquiry on the status of campus cleaning efforts and air quality following the events of the Woolsey Fire. Facilities Services has recovered all campus spaces from the impacts of the fire and will be addressing issues of immediate or ongoing concern directly with students, faculty, and staff.

At this time, all student residential cleaning has been completed, and, as previously indicated, residents may see differences in how each space was attended to. As a reminder, on-campus residents are responsible for the cleaning of personal items. Residential students can utilize the laundry machines in campus housing at no charge through Saturday, December 8.

Air scrubbers and deodorizing machines were deployed in residential spaces for a minimum of 24 hours and then removed upon a post-cleaning inspection. Air scrubbers continue to run in classroom and office buildings Monday morning and will be removed Monday evening. HVAC systems have been cleaned and filters changed. The University has also completed the cleaning of all campus roads, plazas, sidewalks, and other hardscapes in addition to comprehensive cleaning for all campus shuttles. Additional repair work on some campus structures will be completed in the coming days.

In the coming weeks, the University will continue to take additional measures in anticipation of winter weather events. Roadway storm drains and catch basins are scheduled to be cleaned, and the University is proactively taking slope stabilization and erosion control measures in areas of campus prone to elevated risk.

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the University has partnered with American Environmental Specialists (AES) to conduct a two-phase analysis of our indoor air quality, including residence halls, classrooms and all common buildings from Payson Library to Tyler Campus Center. After nearly seventy samples were taken, no detectable particulates resulting from the Woolsey Fire were found. The University will continue to utilize AES for air sampling services when necessary as weather conditions warrant in order to help maintain a healthy campus environment.

Regular custodial and maintenance services for the Malibu and Calabasas campuses have now resumed, but community members may notice smoky odors from soot that remains on the slopes or hillsides surrounding the campuses, particularly during wind or rain events. Each individual responds differently to these conditions, and any campus community member with questions, concerns, or additional needs around ongoing cleaning efforts is encouraged to contact Facilities Services at 310.506.4101 or facilities@pepperdine.edu.