Thoughts & Prayers for Victims of California Wildfires

As you no doubt have seen through media reports, more than a dozen immense and very fast-moving wildfires are currently sweeping across Northern California. The fires, which began Sunday evening, quickly spread throughout much of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. At present, at least 17 people have died, more than one hundred have been injured and over twenty thousand have been forced to evacuate their homes. At least one hundred people are currently on the missing persons list. California’s governor has declared a state of emergency for several counties in what has now become one of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history.

As rescue efforts continue, I ask that you please keep all those who have been impacted by this disaster – including the 42 Gonzaga students currently enrolled who call this area home – in your thoughts and prayers.

For any student who may need assistance, I ask you to please reach out to our colleagues in the Center for Cura Personalis. Any employees in need of support may contact Human Resources. We remain grateful for the thousands of firefighters, first responders, medical and emergency management workers, police and military personnel who are working tirelessly to contain these fires, and in so doing are putting their lives at risk for others, every day.

Sincerely yours,

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
President, Gonzaga University
October 11, 2017