Susan Svrluga Reporter Covering Higher Education for the Grade Point Blog November 10 at 2:57 pm The 3,600 Pepperdine University students were ordered to take shelter on Friday when a forest fire occurred. is closed on the Malibu campus. The Woolsey fire forced evacuations, but Pepperdine students were asked to stay in one of the two campus buildings – a decision that scared parents and students alike University insurance that she had been advised by firefighters. [Wildfires leave trail of death, destruction in California] On Saturday morning, shortly after midnight, local time, the university alerted the campus of burning hills. "Pepperdine's on-site shelter protocols remain in place. Several firefighting and flight operations teams from the Los Angeles County Fire Department are setting fire to the campus. Campus. No permanent structure has been lost. A few minutes after 8 am, the university raised the order of refuge on the spot. "The flames on the hills near the campus have been extinguished early this morning," university officials said, "although localized fires may appear and should be reported to Public Safety." All courses have been canceled. Overnight, the debate broke out over whether the students were in the safest place possible – or trapped. Can you explain to me how safe they are? My son is here and I'm worried! – Nicole Elsea (@NicoleElsea) November 10, 2018 Someone wrote on Twitter: "It's a hell of a risk that #Pepperdine has taken," not to evacuate thousands of students. Students are currently inhaling toxic amounts of smoke and ashes. I only hope that the hard work of firefighters will correct the bad judgment of the school. – Daniel Grogan (@ DanielGrogan19) November 10, 2018 Some students left the campus despite the on-site shelter order. And many people reassured concerned parents and students that the campus was well prepared for this type of threat, with huge tanks filled with water and students sheltered away from burning chaparral or shrub lands. Please, stop scare our students and tell them to evacuate. #Pepperdine is the safest place, even if the fire is on campus. We have already experienced this. Follow the instructions of AKB.- Kim Wong (@TheKWongWay) November 10, 2018 I feel like everyone thinks all pepper kids are so panicked because of all the fire but like. Even freshmen are sitting here, playing card games or sleeping. we relax we are fine here. everything is fine. nat ™ (@natalxerose) November 10, 2018 It sounds counterintuitive, said Connie Horton, vice-president of student affairs, but the Los Angeles County Fire Department supports the on-site shelter project as the safest way. "We have experienced this many times over the years, have practiced, repeated, trained." The university has followed the same procedure since 1993, according to a message from the president of the school on social media. The campus buildings are built with According to the University's website, fire-resistant materials explain the practice: school roads offer firebreaks, scrubs are removed every year to 200 feet or more from buildings and, with a limited number of on-campus and off-campus lanes, roads can quickly be congested Horton explained Friday that evacuation orders were issued in the community and that several people had taken phone calls to reassure them families. She observed "migration" to shelters. , with students holding pillows and bags, and finding a place to settle. "It's a moment of anxiety that turns into a slumber party. They hang out, take a nap, go to heir books. " [‘It was a view of hell’: The wildfire raging in California was named after their small college — it started that close] It was before the fire was closed. The campus fire continues to ignite and the fire department continues to control it. Helicopter operations are very efficient and impressive. Hoping that everything will be fine at night.Power has just been released again.- Andrew K. Benton (@PresidentBenton) November 10, 2018 The Los Angeles Times reported that the firefighters "had organized a fierce fight overnight to save Pepperdine" and that the intense air and ground attack seemed to have prevented any major damage. A spokesman for Cal Fire said Saturday that he could not confirm what had happened on campus overnight. A university spokesperson and student government leaders did not immediately respond to messages requesting comment on Saturday. The private Christian university was exhausting and exhausting: On Wednesday night, Pepperdine people were trying to find and help students who were at the Borderline Bar and Grill, located near Thousand Oaks, when they were in the woods. An armed man opened 12. On Thursday, they were gathering to mourn the death of Alaina Housley, a 18-year-old freshman who was one of the gunshot victims. And then the fire is closed. [The 12 lives lost in the Thousand Oaks shooting] The student newspaper, Pepperdine University Graphic, reports: "Many students have left the campus and those who remain say that the 48 hours have been very difficult. On Saturday afternoon, Pepperdine President Andrew Benton reassured the campus: everyone was safe. With the flames extinguished around the campus, all the individuals on campus are safe and unharmed. I am deeply grateful for the fast work of LAFD, LASD and our student care teams, as well as the patience and cooperation of our incredible community. The prayer is good too. – Andrew K. Benton (@ PresidentBenton) November 10, 2018 .