Classes at CSC canceled because of area wildfires

Chadron State College has canceled classes Thursday and Friday as a series of wildfires rage in northwest Nebraska.

The campus will remain open, but CSC officials say the cancellation of classes will allow students who were planning to return home for the Labor Day weekend to leave early.

“The campus is in no imminent danger, but when we’re dealing with something as uncertain as wildfires we want to be extremely cautious,” said Dale Grant, CSC vice president for administration and finance.

Grant said students living in the residence halls are not required to leave.

“This is not an evacuation,” Grant said. “But, if students were planning to leave for the weekend, this will give them the opportunity to do so early.”

U.S. Highway 385 south of Chadron has been closed, but remains open north. U.S. Highway 20 east and west of town also is open. Many residents south of Chadron were evacuated from their homes late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

CSC officials encourage students and employees to follow media reports and make safety a top priority as crews battle the fires. They also encourage students to ensure that their contact information on the MyCSC portal is up-to-date so they can receive emergency notifications from the institution.

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