Chadron State College students returned to classes Tuesday, Sept. 4, after wildfires in the region prompted an extended Labor Day holiday.
The campus was not evacuated or closed, but classes were called off both Thursday and Friday because of the uncertainty surrounding the fires. The fires have scorched more than 165,000 acres in the region, but have been stopped several miles short of reaching Chadron and the CSC campus.
“Fortunately, other than a lot of smoke, the fires stayed clear of the campus. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when dealing with something as dangerous as a wildfire,” said Dr. Randy Rhine, CSC interim president. “I’m thankful for the incredible work of emergency personnel and glad that students were able to return to classes as scheduled this week.”
In addition to firefighters and law enforcement agencies, Rhine extended his gratitude to Chadron Public Schools for offering Chadron Intermediate School as a possible evacuation site. He also thanked the countless people working behind the scenes in the firefighting effort.
Along with classes, most campus events scheduled for Thursday and Friday were canceled or postponed. The Club Fair has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, the deadline for students to turn in their Find the Flamingo passports has been extended to the Late Night at the Pit which is scheduled for 9 p.m. that night.
—Justin Haag, CSC Information Services
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