Officials with the Hemet Unified School District said schools would remain closed on Wednesday, Sept. 7, as crews worked to contain the Fairview wildfire.
Superintendent Christi Barrett said in a message to students and families Tuesday that the fire’s level of containment and possibility of power outages amid a punishing heat wave led to the decision to close campuses for a second day — and possibly longer.
Barrett said school officials would continue to work with authorities to monitor the situation, and that additional closures could happen if conditions do not improve.
“Today, I speak not only as the Superintendent of Hemet Unified School District, but as a resident of the City of Hemet by stating that I am deeply saddened by this tragedy that has struck our community,” Barrett said in the statement. “Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives, as well as all of those who have been affected by this fire.”
Two people died on Monday while trying to flee the fire in a car.