Several Murietta schools close early as Wildomar Fire doubles in size

An example of a school classroom. By Malate269 (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
Several schools in Murrieta were allowing students to leave early Friday amid concerns that a wildfire burning in the Cleveland National Forest could flare up in the afternoon.

The affected schools, and the times when parents were instructed they could begin picking up students:

— Cole Canyon Elementary, 10:15 a.m.;

— Thompson Middle School, 11:15 a.m.;

— Murrieta Valley High School, 10:30 a.m.; and

— Murrieta Canyon Academy, 10:30 a.m.

Murrieta police said students who typically ride the bus home would still be able to do so at the early dismissal times.

Elementary students not picked up were to be held at the schools until parents, guardians or emergency contacts can pick them up, according to police.

Middle school students were to be dismissed similarly, or students may show school staff verification of a parent’s authorization to be released at the early dismissal time via a cell phone message, according to police.

The “Wildomar Fire,” which forced the evacuation of about 200 homes and doubled in size to 700 acres overnight, was 15 percent contained as of late morning.

–City News Service