Fire Alert: May 14 Campus Message

Fire Alert Update: Multiple Brush Fires North of University of San Diego

Dear Campus Community,

University of San Diego administrators are carefully monitoring the development of five fires burning in San Diego County. At least four new brush fires are now burning north of the University of San Diego in the communities of Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook. Approximately 12,000 residents and school children in these communities have been evacuated as fire crews battle the terrible blazes. According to authorities, the Bernardo Fire that started yesterday is now about 50% contained.

USD has not been directly impacted and is not in any immediate danger. However, we recognize that many members of the campus community may be affected. If you are a USD employee and a resident of the impacted communities, please notify your supervisor immediately. Your safety and that of your family and pets are vitally important.

As mentioned in yesterday’s Fire Alert, resident students with family or homes in any of the affected communities should contact your Resident Advisor or Community Director for assistance. Commuter students with concerns should contact Dr. Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President Student Life at

The severe Santa Ana conditions – strong gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity – are expected to continue through Friday. Please be especially vigilant to stay inside and refrain from extreme physical activity.

To help residents stay informed and prepared, the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services has developed a useful app. Please visit Ready San Diego and download the app. For a map and updated news about the brush fires, visit NBC 7 San Diego.

As necessary, we will post updates on the Emergency Alert website on the USD home page at

Pamela Gray Payton
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs