Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

California Wildfires and Power Outages

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The Kincade wildfire, changing air quality, recurring power outages, and school closures have presented significant challenges for many who live in California, including members of our own UCSF community. We are grateful to all of you, who despite these ongoing hardships, continue to fulfill our collective responsibilities to provide care, conduct research, learn, and educate.

We thank our UCSF police officers for providing mutual aid to agency partners, and we thank our health care teams for coordinating multiple patient transfers to our hospital from those in Sonoma and Marin counties that faced closures or power outages. We also thank our emergency management teams who led response efforts across the UCSF enterprise. In each situation, these teams have stepped up to help ensure the safety and security of our community and to make certain that our operations continue without disruption.

As wildfires and the resulting negative impact on air quality become an all-too-common experience of California life, UCSF will continue to monitor, and provide advisories on, hazardous weather conditions to ensure your safety and the continuity of our care delivery and academic mission.

During this challenging time, we are keeping a focus on the welfare of our UCSF community and their families. We realize that ongoing power outages across the region are disrupting routine activities such as cooking meals and securing childcare when schools are closed. If you have a specific need, please let your supervisor or advisor know. Our UCSF family is here to help.

We encourage you to visit UCSF’s wildfires website at You will find helpful guidance on wildfires, air quality, and power outages, as well as links to campus resources and information on how you can help in a disaster or donate to a relief organization.

Thank you, again, for your contributions to UCSF and to the communities we serve.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark R. Laret
President and Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Health