Getty Fire Forces Closures of Dozens of Private and Public Schools, Including UCLA and Santa Monica College

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Update: The Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District, University of California Los Angeles and Santa Monica College said classes were scheduled to resume Tuesday, while some Los Angeles Unified School District schools and Mount Saint Mary’s University were set to remain closed for another day. An updated story on the Getty Fire is here

A “very dynamic fire” pushed west by high winds has forced dozens of schools in the Westside to close Monday, officials said.

Schools with the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, as well as a number of private schools and the University of California Los Angeles and Santa Monica College, have canceled classes due to the Getty Fire.

LAUSD said the more than a dozen campuses in the district that closed Monday will stay closed Tuesday as well due to poor air quality conditions.

The following campuses had classes canceled Monday:

Berkeley Hall School in Brentwood
Brentwood Science Magnet in Brentwood
Brentwood Sunshine Preschool in Brentwood
Brockton Avenue Elementary School in Sawtelle
Canyon Charter Elementary School in Pacific Palisades
Community Magnet Charter School in Bel-Air
Corpus Christi School in Pacific Palisades
Crossroads Elementary School in Santa Monica
Crossroads School in Santa Monica
Curtis School in Brentwood
Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica
Emerson Middle School in Westwood
Fairburn Elementary School in Westwood
Franklin Elementary in Santa Monica
Grant Elementary in Santa Monica
John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica
John Muir Elementary in Santa Monica
Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Brentwood
Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica
Malibu Elementary School in Malibu
Malibu High School in Malibu
Malibu Middle School in Malibu
Marquez Charter School in Pacific Palisades
Marymount High School in Bel-Air
McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica
Milken Community Schools in Brentwood
Mirman School in Brentwood
Mount Saint Mary’s University in Brentwood
New Roads School in Santa Monica
New West Charter School in Sawtelle
Nora Sterry Elementary School in Sawtelle
Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades
Palisades Elementary Charter School in Pacific Palisades
Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Pacific Palisades
Roscomare Road Elementary School in Bel-Air
Saint Paul the Apostle School in Westwood
Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse in Santa Monica
Santa Monica College
St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood
Topanga Elementary Charter School in Topanga
University High School Charter in SawtelleVillage School in Pacific Palisades
University of California Los Angeles
Warner Avenue Elementary School in Westwood
Webster Elementary School in Malibu
Westland School in Brentwood
Westwood Charter School in West L.A.
Wildwood Elementary School in Culver City
Wildwood Middle and Upper School in Sawtelle
Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica
Windward School in Mar Vista
Wise School in Bel-Air

The flames ignited at around 1:30 a.m. north of Sunset Boulevard west of the 405 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire spread rapidly, burning more than 600 acres and destroying at least eight homes, according to authorities. It triggered mandatory evacuations and a partial closure of the 405.

Schools serving preschoolers to high schoolers in the area declared closures early Monday.

UCLA in Westwood announced canceling classes at 9:15 a.m.

“While the fire remains west of the 405 and poses no immediate threat to campus, we know members of our campus community live in evacuation areas or may be impacted by road closures,” the university said in a statement. “Employees should report to work if they can get to work safely.”

At around the same time, Santa Monica College officials said they’re closing the campus as they braced for dangerous wind conditions and worsening air quality.

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