Boelter Hall, pictured. Hundreds of students evacuated the building after a backpack caught on fire in a bioengineering class. (Jeremy Chen/Assistant Photo editor)
A backpack caught on fire in a Boelter Hall classroom Wednesday, causing hundreds of students throughout the building to evacuate.
Around 12:30 p.m., a backpack began to catch fire in Boelter Hall room 5249, where a bioengineering class was taking place, said Jeeth Pawar, a third-year bioengineering student in the class.
This post was updated Nov. 15 at 12:45 a.m.
Climate change is responsible for around two-thirds of the increase in catastrophic wildfire weather in the Western United States, according to a UCLA-led study published Tuesday.
This post was updated Oct. 3 at 11:39 p.m.
Two fires broke out on Roebling Avenue on Friday night after several individuals lit cardboard boxes and furniture on fire.
This post was updated Oct. 3 at 11:32 p.m.
Students in De Neve Plaza were evacuated Thursday night after a fire started in a building.
There was at least one Los Angeles Fire Department truck and a UCLA maintenance truck in the De Neve courtyard around 11 p.m.
California has experienced a series of heat waves this summer, with record-breaking temperatures causing dangerous levels of heat exposure.
Heat waves kill more Americans than all other weather-related disasters, with more than 600 people dying every year in the United States because of extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California’s wildfire smoke and COVID-19 could create an unforeseen mixture of adverse health effects for the state’s residents, UCLA medical faculty said.
Although little is known about long-term exposure to air pollutants like wildfire smoke and its particulates, there are preliminary studies that show the number and severity of COVID-19 cases are higher in areas with high air pollution, said Stephanie Christenson, a doctor and an assistant professor of pulmonology at UC San Francisco.
Air quality in Los Angeles is projected to remain unhealthy throughout the week because of several nearby wildfires, including the Bobcat fire.
Los Angeles has an Air Quality Index rating of 130 as of Thursday, which is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” according to IQAir.
Air quality in Westwood is unhealthy because of wildfires east of Los Angeles.
The Bobcat fire, which began Sunday in the Angeles National Forest, has impacted air quality throughout Southern California.
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