Wild Fire Forces Cal State San Marcos to Evacuate

Finals, classes and graduation ceremonies have been cancelled.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) announced Wednesday that commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been cancelled due to the numerous wildfires in the San Diego area.

“As a first-generation college student myself, I understand the importance and significance of crossing the stage at Commencement to receive a degree,” CSUSM President Karen Haynes said in a statement. “It not only has special meaning for you but also for your extended family and friends who have supported you in your journey along the way. Canceling Commencement was not a decision we took lightly and we are saddened by the circumstances. Safety continues to be our first concern.”

Additionally, the CSUSM campus was evacuated and housing residents were evacuated to Mission Hills High School. All classes and finals have been cancelled for the week.

Currently a total of nine fires are burning in the San Diego area, reports the Associated Press. The fires are covering an area of more than 14 miles and have forced thousands from their homes. San Diego Unified School District campuses, as well as most other schools in the county will be closed on Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Diego County. Wild fires have come early this year, most likely due to drought condititions. Normally Southern California experiences a rash of blazes in October.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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