May 18, 2007
Avalon School narrowly escaped damage from a brush fire that scorched nearly 5,000 acres on Catalina Island. The K-12 school was evacuated shortly after the fire began on Thursday, May 10. Classes resumed Wednesday, May 16 for the school’s 700 students.
After the fire, school district maintenance personnel began sweeping and washing away the ashes that fell upon the school as the fire approached Avalon’s perimeter.
Advanced Placement tests at Avalon are being rescheduled. Saturday’s prom will continue as planned.
During the evacuation of residents from Avalon, Cabrillo High School on the mainland served as a Red Cross shelter for hundreds of displaced residents.
Longtime Catalina residents called the fire the worst they had ever seen. The mammoth firefighting effort required transportation of additional fire equipment and personnel from several Southern California agencies, including transport of firetrucks on hovercraft provided by U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton.