Photo courtesy of College of the Desert. Courses held at the Mecca/Thermal Campus and Coachella Library have been canceled due to bad air quality.
BY ALEXANDRO ZATARAIN
UPDATED Oct. 22 6:25 p.m.:
UPDATED Oct. 22 12:45 p.m.: According to COD, all courses have been canceled at the Mecca/Thermal Campus and Coachella Library.
College of the Desert announced Sunday that courses held at the Mecca/Thermal campus and Coachella Library had been canceled for Monday, Oct. 21, due to health concerns in regards to air quality stemming from a dump fire. The college made the announcement via its website and social media.
The fire began on Oct. 14 at the Sun Valley Recycling Center in Thermal, sending the east valley into a smoke advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. This is the second such fire from the same facility since May.
As reported by the Desert Sun, federal officials stepped in last week and forced the closure of the facility, which sits on land belonging to the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, toured the site on Sunday and was hopeful. “It’s a matter of days, if not a day or two, that they’re going to put this fire and smoke down,” Ruiz said.
Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) closed all of its campuses on Friday after the smoke left several students sick. CVUSD, which spans from Indio to Salton City, continues to be closed as of Monday.
The college has not stated whether the closure would extend past Monday.
Visit http://www.thechaparral.net for updates.