Updates: Dec. 7, 2017
Wildfires continued to blaze across the region on Thursday, prompting university closures and forcing at least one local business to operate with reduced staff.
California State University - Northridge; California State University - Channel Islands; Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen; Pierce College in Woodland Hills; and Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar all closed their campuses on Thursday. Information on Friday classes was not yet available at press time.
Woodbury University in Burbank and California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks remained open on Thursday, as did Cal Arts and College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.
Mission Valley Bank's locations in Sun Valley and Santa Clarita were open for business on Thursday, albeit with "minimal staff." A number of its employees had been evacuated from their homes, while those with respiratory conditions were advised to stay indoors on account of concerns about air quality, bank President Tamara Gurney told the Business Journal.
Updates: Dec. 6, 2017
Operations at Amgen Inc.'s Thousand Oaks campus resumed in full on Wednesday, the company said. The biotech had encouraged "non-essential" workers to evacuate on Tuesday over concerns about a three-acre brush fire that broke out nearby. The so-called Runner fire was contained around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the Thousand Oaks Acorn first reported.
Amgen is continuing to closely monitor the wildfire situation in the area, a company spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, the Valley Economic Alliance announced late Wednesday that a job and career fair for veterans that was slated for Thursday has been postponed on account of the wildfires and poor air quality. The organization will send out a notice when a new date has been set, the Sherman Oaks business nonprofit said in an email.
Original: Dec. 5, 2017
Wildfires in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley have charred thousand of acres and closed major freeways.
The Creek Fire in the mountains above Sylmar has burned 11,000 acres and forced the closure of the 210 freeway and the interchange with the 118 freeway.
According to Vic Vanmeter with the Sunland Tujunga Chambers of Commerce, the Wildlife WayStation, an animal sanctuary that houses wild and exotic animal, has been affected by the fire with the evacuation of the staff and animals, but it’s too early to know the long-term effects on local businesses.
More than 700 firefighters are battling the flames.
In Santa Clarita, the Rye Fire near the 5 freeway has consumed 5,000 acres. Officials temporarily closed the 5 freeway.