Cal Maritime Provides Update on Wild Fire Impacts

Mike Schuler
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October 30, 2019

File photo shows the California Maritime Academy campus in Vallejo, California. File photo courtesy CMA/Facebook

The California Maritime Academy has provided an update on the wild fire that hit its Northern California campus on Sunday.

According to Cal Maritime, the campus will remain closed through at least Sunday, November 3, due to ongoing power outage and work to ensure the fire is 100 percent contained.

The campus was successfully evacuated after a wildfire jumped I-80 and spread to campus on Sunday morning.

Because of ongoing planned power outages in California, only about 200 of Cal Maritime’s 975 cadets were on campus at the time of the fire, Cal Maritime said. No injuries were reported.

Photos and video of the fire showed flames and smoke engulfing the hillside below the Carquinez Bridge in south Vallejo. The academy’s training ship Golden Bear could be seen berthed in the foreground.

“Thanks to the quick response of the Vallejo Fire Department, damage to campus was contained to an area around Lot E, a parking lot on a hill at the east edge of campus near the Carquinez Bridge,” Cal Maritime said in Tuesday’s update. “A maintenance building, storage containers, vehicles, equipment, and trees were among the losses identified in the hours after the incident. 

“In the days after the fire, cadets who had not already left the area were able to retrieve some belongings through escorted visits back to residence halls. A temporary services location for displaced cadets was set up at the Academy’s Anchor Center office, located at 253 Georgia St. in downtown Vallejo,” the statement added.

Located in Vallejo, California, just north of San Francisco, Cal Maritime is one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States.

As of Wednesday, Cal Fire reported that the Glen Cove Fire had burned 140 acres and was 100 percent contained.

“Work to restore power and online services and evaluate the safety and status of campus buildings is ongoing,” Cal Maritime said.


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